PEF Region 7 Coordinator – Ed Snow
PEF Region 7, Potsdam Coordinator Ed Snow PEF Region 7 is frequently referred to as the North Country. It covers Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. The distance between the east and west side of the region is a six-hour drive, in good weather.
Ed Snow is no stranger to the members who work in his region. Long before he was elected to be the regional coordinator, Snow earned a reputation for being a union activist. He’s been a steward, the Division 242 council leader and treasurer, and has worked for three terms as the statewide labor management chair for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
“One of my primary goals is to foster the work of the union and bring greater awareness to the services and benefits PEF provides to the membership and communities. I also will continue to work with local leaders and be supportive of their daily duties as union leaders,” Snow said. He demonstrated that support last year, as a PEF Executive Board member who represented the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Snow worked alongside the council leader, as they recruited community and political support to save the facility.
“That was one of many challenges. I’ve always been a grassroots person, and the person on the front line for the union. The bulk of my work has been
focused on OPWDD. The Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake is where I work as an intermediate care facility program manager 1.
“There are approximately 1,220 members in Region 7, who work at St. Lawrence PC, Sunmount, Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Labor, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and seven other state agencies. I have visited about half of the locations. I want to improve communications and am developing an email distribution list and plan to take advantage of the available technologies to send our union messages to the membership, such as a Facebook page,” Snow said.
“Our members have issues not only in their lives, but at their jobs. My goal is to reinforce that PEF offers continued help in many areas and provides valuable services and benefits.”
Region 7 - Potsdam