The Somos El Futuro conference is one of the most important events on the state’s legislative calendar.
Now in its 27th year, the event brings together Latino and other leaders from labor, political and social movement organizations to meet and lay the groundwork for an action agenda on a host of issues, from public services to public school funding.
Because of its importance, PEF was a major presence advocating on members’ issues with lawmakers.
The conference is sponsored each year by the NYS Assembly / Senate Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force.
“Somos provides an opportunity for us to talk to legislators about PEF’s concerns,” said PEF President Susan Kent. “We believe these discussions help shape the way elected officials will vote on state budget issues.”
PEF Secretary-Treasurer Carlos Garcia received a labor recognition award from the Task Force Chairman, Assemblyman Feliz Ortix from Brooklyn, for his years of advocacy on important issues. That award reception was attended by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a long-time ally of public employees.
PEF Vice Presidents Barbara Ulmer and Wayne Bayer and PEF Political Liaison/Lobbyist Jennifer Faucher represented PEF in several workshops and discussions.
Several PEF members played a key role distributing information for the union at the conference, including Tayla Porter, Millah Musungu and Tayla’s daughter, Tania Tinley-Porter.
“Advocating at Somos is part of the fight for a fair state budget,” said Kent. “We use every chance we get to raise our voice on our issues.”