President Wayne Spence made City & State’s 50 Over 50 list, which honors leaders over the age of 50 who have achieved numerous and lasting accomplishments over decades of service to the community.
“It is an honor to be recognized,” Spence said. “I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure fair wages, improved staffing, and health and safety protections on the job for all PEF members. We have started the year off strong, advocating for investment in public services and we will continue to do so.”
Before being elected PEF’s first African American president in 2015, Spence rose through the union’s ranks, serving as a PEF Vice President, Shop Steward, Division Health and Safety Chair, Executive Board Member, Long Island Political Action Co-Chair and Assistant Council Leader of Division 236 (DOCCS/Parole).
Under his leadership, the union has negotiated three successful contracts that included across-the-board raises and no givebacks for the membership.