• Governer Hochul Announces Pay Increases for Nurse Positions to Improve Statewide Recruitment and Retention Efforts

    Governer Hochul Announces Pay Increases for Nurse Positions to Improve Statewide Recruitment and Retention Efforts

    For Immediate Release: 10/14/2022 GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES PAY INCREASES FOR NURSE POSITIONS TO IMPROVE STATEWIDE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION EFFORTS  Pay Increases Benefit More than 6,500 State Employees Across 15 State Agencies Part of Governor’s Overall Commitment to Expand Healthcare Workforce Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a series of pay increases for nurse positions...

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  • Niagara Falls, here we come!

    Niagara Falls, here we come!

    The October Communicator is coming to you just days before more than 500 delegates gather at the Niagara Falls Convention Center for the union’s 44th Annual Convention.  PEF is unique in the New York labor movement – holding a convention each year, per Article XVI of the PEF Constitution: “The Convention shall meet once annually between...

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  • PEF member helps secure historic wage recovery; works daily to ensure fair pay for all

    PEF member helps secure historic wage recovery; works daily to ensure fair pay for all

    October 17, 2022 — As part of one of the largest recoveries for a single worker in the history of the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), PEF member Shaun Abrilz played a role in returning $271,527 in wages to a domestic worker who was chronically underpaid for three years. The victim was...

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  • PEF set to commence Contract negotiations in November

    PEF set to commence Contract negotiations in November

    Ahead of the first meeting with the state in November, PEF’s contract negotiation team surveyed thousands of members to gain insight into your priorities, including what economic benefits to prioritize and to rank things like longevity pay, bonuses and improving the dental benefit. The Contract Team will go into the first meeting knowing what’s most...

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  • Roswell Park members stand by breast cancer patients every step of the way

    Roswell Park members stand by breast cancer patients every step of the way

    Pink is the color of October, as the country marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women after skin cancer, accounting for 30 percent of all new female cancers each year, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2022, an estimated 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer...

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  • PEF special elections underway to fill mid-term vacancies on E. Board, Reg. 12

    PEF special elections underway to fill mid-term vacancies on E. Board, Reg. 12

    October 17, 2022 — Five vacant seats on the PEF Executive Board have been filled.  These were mid-term vacancies and PEF members filling them will serve the remainder of the unexpired terms that end July 31, 2024. Keith Browne fills Seat 105 that represents certain members at the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  Robert Doran...

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  • PEF regions prepping delegates for convention

    PEF regions prepping delegates for convention

    PEF regions throughout the state are holding meetings with their convention delegates to prepare for the event that begins October 23 in Niagara Falls. Region 8 held its annual delegate dinner Tuesday night, October 11, at the Italian American Community Center in Albany.  Regional Coordinator Danielle Bridger started by telling the 87 delegates in attendance,...

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  • Letters to the Editor: October 2022

    Letters to the Editor: October 2022

    Interested in scholarships To the Editor:  I am a PEF member, and I am interested in speaking with someone about PEF scholarships. Please provide contact information so I may call them. PETER C. GAAL Huntington Editor’s Note: Here is a link to information about scholarships on the PEF website:  https://www.pef.org/about/scholarships/.  In addition, we typically...

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  • Retirees in Action: Your monthly SS benefits going up in 2023

    Retirees in Action: Your monthly SS benefits going up in 2023

    October 13, 2022 — Fall is here and another election is right around the corner – less than a month away. There is also some good news about this year’s Social Security COLA. Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment increase is expected to be 8.7%. That would make it the largest in four decades. The 2023 COLA...

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  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with PEF!

    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with PEF!

    The PEF Hispanic Committee is hosting a Zoom on Wed., Oct. 12 to mark Hispanic Heritage Month. All members are invited to attend and bring something representative of Latin American culture to share — such as any current events, poetry, music, or literature.  The committee is lining up a special guest speaker as well. The...

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