• Unions positively impact public health

    Unions positively impact public health

    LABOR HISTORY With a spotlight on health as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to impact Americans, what role do unions play in the health of their members? A 2017 study revealed a “10 percent increase in union density was associated with a 17 percent relative decrease in overdose/suicide mortality” and higher wages and access...

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  • Roswell park nurse, breast cancer survivor shares tips, resources for patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Roswell park nurse, breast cancer survivor shares tips, resources for patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A cancer diagnosis changes a person’s life in an instant. “In the United States in 2021, there will be an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women; 2,650 cases diagnosed in men; and an additional 49,290 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ diagnosed in women,” according to the American Cancer...

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  • PEF was a strong foe of ‘Less is More’ legislation

    PEF was a strong foe of ‘Less is More’ legislation

    Recognizing its devastating impact on parole officers and their ability to do their job, as well as the risk to public safety, PEF worked hard behind the scenes to oppose the “Less is More” parole reform bill. Since the bill’s introduction, PEF engaged in news media campaigns, submitted comments to major media outlets, covered the...

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  • Help spread the word to save this PEF retiree’s son

    Help spread the word to save this PEF retiree’s son

    A retired PEF Region 8 member needs y our help finding a kidney donor for his son. Ron Lammerts was a principle capital program analyst for the state Department of Transportation when he retired from state service in 2016.  His son, Justin, is 36 and is a former New York State employee and member of...

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  • VP DiAntonio serves as panelist, discusses threats to public services and PEF’s Fund Our Future campaign

    VP DiAntonio serves as panelist, discusses threats to public services and PEF’s Fund Our Future campaign

    Labor leaders from across the country came together September 30 for a webinar on threats to the public service sector, discussing the devastating impact of privatization on the services public employees provide. PEF Vice President Randi DiAntonio served as a panelist and shared the situation in New York. “We are the backbone of New York...

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  • Victims, parole officers matter: Rally denounces Less is More

    Victims, parole officers matter: Rally denounces Less is More

    October 8, 2021 — QUEENS, N.Y. — New York State parole officers rallied outside Rikers Island on Oct. 7, 2021, to denounce the recently signed “Less is More” parole reform law and call out the serious repercussions for community safety, parole supervision and crime victims. “Bottom line – the “Less” in this law is public...

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  • Some good news for PEF nurses

    Some good news for PEF nurses

    September 22, 2021 — The fight for fair wages for PEF nurses continues with the union scoring two wins in the last few weeks. On Sept. 22, PEF signed a Memorandum of Agreement with SUNY that could provide an increase in the overtime rate for many members at the three SUNY hospitals as well as...

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  • New York State Department of Civil Service Division of Classification & Compensation Study Updates

    New York State Department of Civil Service Division of Classification & Compensation Study Updates

    September 23, 2021 — Submitted by PEF Civil Service Enforcement/Research Department It is our pleasure to share the following updates regarding the Department of Civil Service’s ongoing Pay Equity Study, and Nurse Title Restructure. While the Nurse Title Restructure is an occupation-specific review, both initiatives are timely and effective efforts to address pay equity and salary...

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  • Union solidarity brings end to DOL stonewalling over long-term temps

    Union solidarity brings end to DOL stonewalling over long-term temps

    Sometimes just smelling a rat may be enough to get your attention. You don’t even have to actually see it. That is in part what prompted the state Labor Department to agree to sit down with PEF to discuss the union’s longstanding gripe about its members who have been stuck for years in supposedly temporary...

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  • Some good news for PEF nurses

    Some good news for PEF nurses

    The fight for fair wages for PEF nurses continues with the union scoring two wins in the last few weeks. On Sept. 22, PEF signed a Memorandum of Agreement with SUNY that could provide an increase in the overtime rate for many members at the three SUNY hospitals as well as the Long Island State...

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