PEF lawsuit win gains members out-of-title pay
PEF received a favorable decision March 20 in a lawsuit brought in Albany County State Supreme Court that challenged the out-of-title work of four PEF members.
The members are environmental geologists in grade 20 who work at the state Department of Environmental Conservation, but were assigned and performed duties of a grade 24 title. The four were subsequently promoted to the higher title, but they were not paid the out-of-title work they performed prior to the promotions.
“PEF’s Legal Department continues to help members who have issues with the out-of-title work and pay equity,” said PEF President Wayne Spence. “As a union, we strive not only for job protection, but fairness in all aspects. This win is another example of your dues at work.”
PEF Associate Counsel Eric Kwasniewski handled this litigation and said the state has 30 days from service of notice of entry to appeal the decision. — Deborah A. Miles