November 17, 2021 — PEF is moving quickly to help members affected by the state’s plan to close five correctional facilities and a drug-treatment center by March 10, 2022.

The correctional facilities being closed are Moriah Shock, Ogdensburg, Downstate, Southport and Rochester, as well as Willard Drug Treatment Center.

The facilities are all operated by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), which has said that it will avoid any layoffs from the closings by transferring affected employees to work at other locations.  The DOCCS Bureau of Personnel has scheduled visits to each facility and PEF will follow up and meet with impacted members in December. Keep an eye on your email for information on those meetings.

“PEF will work tirelessly to hold the agency to the terms and conditions of your contract and help you every step of the way as you transition to other facilities,” PEF President Wayne Spence told members in an email when the closings were announced.

“If you have any questions, please reach out to your field representative,” Spence said.  “If you don’t know your field rep, contact your regional office.  For information on the Reduction in Force process and the Agency Reduction Transfer List, visit the PEF website.