• Letters to the Editor – September 2021

    Letters to the Editor – September 2021

    Praises PEF’s efforts to protect members Amen (to unfair state treatment of PEF members during the pandemic). (President) Wayne (Spence), you and the PEF staff have done a great job! JOHN TIERNAN Staten Island —– Looking for retroactive pay How long will it be until we receive our retro wages? JETTA INTELISANO Waterford —– When...

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  • Telecommuting issues continue to vex PEF

    Telecommuting issues continue to vex PEF

    As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread nationwide, and after more than 18 months conducting state business remotely, you might expect the state to be working effectively with PEF to continue and expand telecommuting.  It’s not. PEF President Wayne Spence vented his frustration to the union’s Executive Board at its meeting in late...

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  • COVID concerns fail to sidetrack PEF plans for October convention in Niagara Falls

    COVID concerns fail to sidetrack PEF plans for October convention in Niagara Falls

    If you have been wondering when you will get your retroactive pay, you are not alone.  PEF President Wayne Spence told the PEF Executive Board at its August 26-27 meeting in Albany that the Office of the State Comptroller is working to make all of the calculations and prepare the payments. Since that meeting, the...

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  • Labor Day Photos

    Labor Day Photos

    September 6, 2021 Region 7 participates in the Massena Solidarty parade and picnic honoring front line workers and essential workers. Most Region 7 PEF members were essential employees during  the last 18 months. PEF members came together from multiple agencies such as OPWDD, OMH, DOCCS and Department of Labor. Region 1 Labor Day parade  

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  • President’s Message: First vaccine mandate in effect, OPWDD rallies for staffing

    President’s Message: First vaccine mandate in effect, OPWDD rallies for staffing

    September 27, 2021 — It’s been a little more than two weeks since our September issue and there is a lot of new information to share with members. First, I’d like to highlight all the union did in advance of today’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. After declaring an impasse with the Public Employment...

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  • Meet your new PEF leaders

    Meet your new PEF leaders

    Joe Donahue takes PEF’s financial reins as its new secretary-treasurer Darlene Williams is PEF’s newest Vice President Bruce Giddings steps up as new PEF Trustee Muriel Hardy-Lee takes new role as PEF trustee

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  • PEF members resolve tax issues, protect taxpayers’ rights

    PEF members resolve tax issues, protect taxpayers’ rights

    For most New Yorkers, tax time is a part of life that comes and goes without a hitch – they get their wage statements and assorted paperwork, file their returns and get on with their lives until next year. For some people, however, problems arise beyond run-of-the-mill return issues and when these taxpayers exhaust all...

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  • Nominees sought for Region 8 coordinator and 48 vacant PEF Executive Board seats

    Nominees sought for Region 8 coordinator and 48 vacant PEF Executive Board seats

    September 10, 2021 — In upcoming PEF special elections this fall, nominees are sought for Region 8 Coordinator and 48 vacant Executive Board seats. “If you wish to run for a vacant office or seat, please step forward and circulate your nominating petitions,” PEF President Wayne Spence said. “Until these vacancies are filled, thousands of...

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  • Labor Day celebrates you, your work, your union’s fight for rights

    Labor Day celebrates you, your work, your union’s fight for rights

    September brings us to the end of summer and a transition to fall.  Last year, because of COVID-19, Labor Day was unlike ever before.  I hope you were able to celebrate Labor Day this year in some fashion.  This country has a great tradition of parades, picnics and gatherings honoring the history and contributions of...

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  • DMV investigators target identity theft, underage drinking

    DMV investigators target identity theft, underage drinking

    Teenagers attending concerts across the state could find themselves confronted by state investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles if they flash fake IDs in hopes of purchasing alcohol. Operation Prevent puts DMV investigators on the ground to detect fake IDs at CMAC in Canandaigua, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center,...

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