PEF filed a lawsuit November 26 in state Supreme Court, Albany County, challenging a regulation the state Health Commissioner issued requiring health care workers to wear surgical masks during the flu season. The union is asking the court to nullify the regulation. Stay up to date on this issue by visiting the PEF website.
PEF leaders and parole officers will testify Wednesday, December 4 at a state Assembly Standing Committee in Albany on issues facing the Division of Parole. In particular, parole officers have been concerned with the implementation of the COMPAS program, which is a computer-based program that determines the level of supervision a parolee requires. Parole officers recommend human assessment and input as a vital part to decide correct supervision requirements.
New stewards and those wanting a refresher course can sign up for an all-day training class which will be held Tuesday, December 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at PEF Headquarters in Latham. Topics covered will include the role of a steward, the PS&T contract, health and safety issues, understanding the grievance procedure and organizing.
A number of holiday parties and food drives are a tradition within PEF, and most benefit the community. At PEF headquarters, the 29th Annual Holiday Hunger Appeal is taking place. Members are asked to bring in a nonperishable food item, donate money, or volunteer at the regional food bank kiosk. Volunteers are needed at Crossgates Mall Saturday, December 14.
Two events are being held that will benefit Toys for Tots. The PEF Region 8 seasonal party is Friday, December 6 at the Colonie Elks Club from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and a new unwrapped toy. The toys will also be distributed to St. Margaret’s Hospital for Children and the PEF parolee holiday project.
If you would like to attend the steward training, volunteer for the hunger appeal or attend the Region 8 party, please contact Andrea Coton this week at PEF Headquarters by calling (518) 785-1900 ext. 215, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PEF Black Caucus will also host a holiday party Friday, December 13 at Maggie’s Restaurant in Albany from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and a toy, which will be donated to a local charity. For more information and to RSVP, call Greg McBride at (518) 788-4291.
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, PEF offices will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 27 and will reopen for business Friday, November 29. PEF leaders and staff wish all members and their families a safe and enjoyable holiday.