Wayne Spence Head Shot By WAYNE SPENCE

I’ve always loved that UPS slogan.  So straightforward and easy to remember.  “What can Brown do for you?” That’s the inspiration behind this month’s cover story.  In the months ahead, we’re going to feature a different PEF department each issue, with the goal of educating new members about what their union can do for them and reminding longtime members where to turn when they need help.  First up is PEF Health & Safety, which helped thousands of you during the pandemic.  But in addition to their ongoing work advocating for COVID precautions in the workplace, they perform dozens of other roles for PEF members – from workplace violence assessments to ergonomic evaluations and so much more.  PEF members often work in dangerous environments and PEF Health & Safety exists to help protect them on the job.

Speaking of PEF members on the job, my fellow statewide officers visited hundreds of them in Region 5 last month.  The Statewide Leadership Tour continues in Regions 1-3 in August and I’m looking forward to meeting many more members and hearing their concerns.  Members in those regions please keep an eye on your personal email and RSVP if you can attend.  That will help us make sure we have enough food and PEF swag on hand for everyone!  All you need to do is bring your questions and concerns.  I speak for all the statewide officers when I say these face-to-face meetings are invaluable when it comes to plotting the strategy of our union.

I’d also like to point out a profile in this issue of Dr. Crystal Lewis, a PEF member at the Nathan Kline Institute in Rockland County.  She is doing groundbreaking work in the field of mental health, studying the effects of stigma and discrimination on individuals in disadvantaged communities who suffer from mental health problems.  It is truly an honor to lead this union of professionals.

I wish all PEF members a healthy and happy summer and hope you find some time to relax with family and friends.

In Unity,

Wayne Spence