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PEF President – Wayne Spence

Wayne Spence

Wayne Spence was born on the island of Jamaica. At the age of 10, he immigrated to the United States, and has called the New York City area his home ever since.

Wayne was re-elected to a second term as President of the Public Employees Federation in June of 2018, and was sworn into office on August 1, 2018 for another three year term.

During his 24 years in state government working as a parole office, Wayne has been very active in the Public Employees Federation. Before being elected PEF’s first African-American president in June of 2015, he held numerous leadership positions in the union, having served 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) for several years. He currently serves as a member of NYS Comptroller DiNapoli’s Advisory Council (NYSLRS) and on the AFT Nurses & Health Professionals Program Policy Council.

Under Wayne’s leadership, the union negotiated not one, but two successful contracts that included across the board raises and no givebacks for the membership.

Wayne is known as a leader who demands the union and the state follow through on mandates, especially for member health and safety and community safety issues. He helped to change parole policies to ensure that pregnant officers were not required to place themselves and their unborn children at risk by executing felony warrants; and secured state management action to install metal detectors after incidents of violence with weapons had occurred.

Wayne graduated from a top public school, The Bronx High School of Science. He then went on to graduate from The New York Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Throughout college he was known as a student leader and respected for his passionate advocacy for the student body. He founded the NYIT/Central Islip Campus Caribbean Society in 1996.

Wayne is a certified Police Firearms instructor and Instructor Evaluator. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, and sits on the First Baptist Church of Freeport Trustee Board.

Wayne is happily married and the proud father of three children.