September 12, 2023 — About three dozen PEF leaders, members and staff were invited to the New York Mets game on September 2 by President Wayne Spence to celebrate Union Night at Citi Field.
PEF hosted a tailgate before the game, with Spence, Secretary-Treasurer Joe Donahue, Vice President Darlene Williams and Director of Organizing Dan Carpenter firing up the grills. Before the game, about 20 PEF members chose to participate with members from other state and city unions in the Warning Track Salute, walking out on the field to be recognized by the PA announcer and wave to the crowd. NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
PEF placed an ad in the Mets Gameday Program this year, which was available for purchase by fans at all 81 home games. The ad recognized the essential work all members of the union do every day to keep New York running.