PEF’s quick response rectifies Roswell’s retroactive pay issue
By Deborah A. Miles
During the last week in March, the PEF-represented staff that work at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo noticed they did not receive the 2 percent retroactive pay in their checks, unlike other PEF members across the state.
When PEF President Wayne Spence learned of this, he immediately pulled together a crisis-management team to gather facts and plan a strategy to fight this egregious action.
“We did not hesitate to address this issue head on,” Spence said. “I had a conference call with the PEF department directors of Contract Administration, Legal, Field and Communications, as we spoke to Michele Silsby, the council leader at Roswell and Executive Board members Marilynn DiCara and Bruce Jagroop.
“We were prepared to take legal action and launch a public relations campaign within a couple of days. Thankfully, before the end of the week, Roswell Park management reconsidered its decision, and would honor the 2016 retroactive pay that PEF negotiated in the PS&T Agreement.”
Spence acknowledged the swift and strategic work accomplished by Silsby, DiCara and Jagroop, along with PEF staff.
“This is not only another example of how PEF steps in to protect its members, bringing a potential crisis situation to a favorable outcome, but it proves once again, ‘Together we win.’”
The video from Roswell Park management is available here to view. Please watch this important message from Candace Johnson, President and CEO, and Shirley Johnson, Senior Vice President for Nursing & Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. They address what has been on your mind and announce the decision to restore your retro 2016 COLA that was negotiated by PEF. This will be seen in your April 13, 2017 paycheck. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at x4700.