PEF leaders will be closely monitoring the progress of the Executive Budget which is due April 1. PEF President Ken Brynien also is urging all members to take an active role to help ensure the budget is fair to state employees. You can help be a part of the union’s fight-back effort by calling, emailing or visiting your legislator. Identify yourself as a state employee, describe the work you do and explain why it is vital to New Yorkers. A sample letter for you to email is on the PEF website, along with other budget facts you may want to incorporate in your message.
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After a successful budget fight back rally at the State Capitol last week where nearly 1,000 members sent a message to lawmakers, PEF leaders say the fight isn’t over. PEF President Ken Brynien said, “We urge our members to help make sure the necessary changes are made to the final state budget. We ask you to keep the pressure up. You can do that by visiting the PEF website, pef.org., and click on the “Take Action” button to either fax or mail a letter to your legislator.
“It doesn’t matter what agency you work for, or how long you have been a state worker, what matters is protecting all of us in this difficult budget time,” Brynien said.
PEF is launching a budget fight back ad campaign beginning March 5 that will appear on television stations in major cities across the state and on web ads. This campaign is directed to the governor and legislators to stop the war on state services, and how the state budget is really not about the services you get, but the services you won’t be getting if the governor’s budget passes.
PEF leaders are urging all members to stand together and participate in a budget fight back rally Thursday, March 15 at noon at West Capital Park in Albany. PEF President Ken Brynien said the stakes are high, as the governor’s budget is filled with details that would eliminate, reduce and destroy vital services such as the quality of roads and bridges, mental health care, cancer research and care, transportation safety and many more public services. For more information about the rally, contact your regional PEF office or call the PEF Mobilization Department at 1-800-342-4306 ext. 227.
PEF leaders are urging members to help stop the attacks on state employees, the services they provide and benefits they earn. Visit the PEF website (pef.org) and click on the “Take Action” button to participate by sending a letter to your legislator and other things you can do.
PEF leaders are also asking members to pencil in Thursday, March 15 on their calendars. A budget fight-back rally is being planned for that day. More details will be made available on the PEF website in the near future.