• An event of many cultures

    An event of many cultures

    Diversity. Inclusion. Equity. The PEF Black Caucus, the Hispanic Committee, the Indo-American Committee, the Jewish Committee, and the Caribbean Committee came together during the Convention to share their heritages with fellow delegates and call for diversity, inclusion and equity within PEF and in our communities. The Hispanic Committee talked about a pilot program to...

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  • Celebrating Diwali

    Celebrating Diwali

    The PEF Indo-American Committee celebrated Diwali with delegates at the annual Convention. Founding member and Committee President Radhakrishna Mohan said Diwali is the Festival of Lights and explained that millions observe the holiday across the world. PEF President Wayne Spence and members of his family joined the committee and delegates to light candles and celebrate...

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  • PEF military veterans invited to become Red Cross volunteers

    PEF military veterans invited to become Red Cross volunteers

    The PEF Veterans Committee upheld its tradition of holding a veterans’ luncheon at the union’s annual convention. The event was hosted by committee member Bruce Jagroop, since Committee Chair Latonia Taylor was serving active military duty. Delegate Ali Muhsen, a U.S. Air Force retiree and chaplain at Auburn Correctional Facility, gave the benediction. As usual,...

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  • Delegates get tips for responding to Justice Center investigations, charges

    Delegates get tips for responding to Justice Center investigations, charges

    Many PEF members work at state agencies such as the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities that are subject to the watchdog efforts of the state Justice Center for People with Disabilities, and some members worry that they might be wrongly brought up on charges by the Justice Center in its efforts to protect individuals...

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  • PEF delegates enjoy Black Caucus meet & greet

    PEF delegates enjoy Black Caucus meet & greet

      The PEF Black Caucus held a “meet and greet” event for its members and their guests at PEF’s 44th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls last month.   The group took advantage of the occasion to have PEF President Wayne Spence administer the oath of office to the caucus’ officers who were elected earlier in the...

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  • Nurses discuss legal issues in nursing practice during Convention luncheon 

    Nurses discuss legal issues in nursing practice during Convention luncheon 

    Nurses at the 44th PEF Convention in Niagara Falls dedicated their annual luncheon to discussing the staffing shortage plaguing their profession and learning about legal issues impacting nurses.  Staffing woes  While Gov. Kathy Hochul’s recent restructuring of nurse titles and increases in salary were welcome steps in the right direction, there is still a...

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  • Union, political leaders send greetings to PEF delegates during Convention 

    Union, political leaders send greetings to PEF delegates during Convention 

    Top union leaders, including SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and AFT President Randi Weingarten, and federal and state legislators and officials, including New York Attorney General Leticia James, sent virtual greetings and thanks to PEF delegates at the 44th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls.   You can view these videos, and more, on the PEF website...

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  • A deep dive into tackling a health and safety objective 

    A deep dive into tackling a health and safety objective 

    Delegates hit the ground running on the second morning of Convention, coming together to discuss what makes a successful health and safety campaign during the annual Health and Safety Breakfast workshop.  “Health and safety is the nexus of the labor movement,” said Health and Safety Specialist Veronica Foley, leading the workshop. “We are here to...

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  • PEF Trustees’ Report to the 2022 Convention Delegates

    PEF Trustees’ Report to the 2022 Convention Delegates

    PEF Trustee Report to the 2022 Convention Delegates Presented at the 44th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls on Oct. 26, 2022, then amended by the Trustees with an update on the implementation progress of  2021 Convention Resolutions. Submitted by Christopher Buman, Bruce Giddings, and Muriel Hardy-Lee  

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  • State pay equity study validates PEF’s long-time argument that nursing titles are undervalued

    State pay equity study validates PEF’s long-time argument that nursing titles are undervalued

    October 21, 2022 — A series of pay increases and title restructuring for nurse positions in state agencies announced this week by Gov. Hochul and the Department of Civil Service are a step in the right direction when it comes to recruiting and retaining the talented nurses of PEF. And it’s a long time coming....

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