Questions timing of negotiations 

To the Editor:  Contract negotiations in November, right after an election, is worthless.  I’ve been asking for months to begin in the summer, when CSEA negotiated.  Immediately after an election is the WORST possible time to negotiate.  There’s no incentive for Gov. Hochul to make concessions as there’s a long time until the next election. As usual, CSEA is two steps ahead of PEF, and now PEF members will get shafted. Again. 

Liverpool, NY  

Editor’s Note:  The PEF 2019-2023 contract with the state does not expire until April 1, 2023.  It is for a different duration than the CSEA contract.  While the grass may appear to look greener on the other side of the fence, the contract PEF negotiates is tailored to best meet the overall and specific needs of its members.   

Sees convention as extravagance 

To the Editor:  Who is paying for this conference (2022 Annual PEF Convention)?  It can’t be held locally?  I hope this isn’t what my union dues are paying for.  I need dental coverage, not some big pooh pah in Niagara Falls. How does one justify that kind of conference?  Have we forgotten COVID so soon?  


Editor’s Note:  The PEF Constitution requires that the union hold an annual convention, and it is paid for by members’ dues. Delegates at the convention are the highest decision-making body in PEF and must complete the business of the union. They consider changes to PEF policies and vote on federal and state legislative agendas, in addition to attending valuable workshops and training sessions to help them better advocate for PEF members. Conventions are held in different locations throughout the state because members work in every part of New York.  In 2020, at the height of the pandemic and lockdown, the convention had to be held virtually.  In 2023 and 2024, the PEF Executive Board has voted to hold the Convention in Syracuse.