June 17, 2022 — PEF’s statewide officers are hard at work attending open houses and visiting state office buildings and worksites to engage PEF members. At each of the meetings, the president, secretary-treasurer, vice presidents and appropriate regional coordinator and PEF staff provide updates about union priorities, while members get the chance to directly ask questions about issues important to them.
“These visits give you the opportunity to share any issues you might be facing at work,” said PEF President Wayne Spence. “Are you being bullied? We want to know. Do you have questions about Civil Service tests at your agency or the status of contract negotiations? These are the things we talked about during the tours.”
The first round of the tour took President Spence and Vice Presidents Randi DiAntonio, Sharon DeSilva, and Darlene Williams to Regions 10, 11 and 12 from May 16-20. The officers visited 13 different locations, reached around 700 members, and signed up 12 new PEF members.
The second leg of the Statewide Leadership Tour took leaders to Region 9 in the Hudson Valley this week, where officers visited 10 different locations, ranging from the Department of Health to correctional facilities and psychiatric centers. They met with more than 500 members and provided updates on PEF contract, legislative and budget wins, plus signed up new members.
Visits to agencies and worksites in Region 5 are planned June 28 and 29, followed by Regions 1, 2 and 3 the week of Aug. 1-5.