PEF engaging members throughout NY state
By SHERRY HALBROOK
You might think that with the PEF Triennial Elections, the Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the end of the NYS legislative session in Albany, and the quarterly meeting of the PEF Executive Board, surely very little else could have been going on in June. But you would be wrong.
Member engagement and the training of union stewards and division leaders never take a break.
On June 1, PEF President Wayne Spence joined Division 196 members at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo for their annual membership meeting where union leaders and staff talked about membership engagement and answered questions about PEF.
Less than a week later, Spence, Region 11 Coordinator Bernadette O’Connor and staff carried the message to New York City for a membership meeting of PEF Division 376 members who work for the state Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services.
PEF Region 10, which includes Manhattan and the Bronx, held a leadership conference in Tarrytown the weekend of June 28-July 1. The event was hosted by Region 10 Coordinator Sheik Nabijohn. Members had the chance to meet and hear from guest speakers state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and state Sens. Jeff Klein and J. Gustavo Rivera.
The Region 10 conferees also were updated on the Janus decision, and 70 members signed their new PEF membership cards declaring their loyalty and support for the union.
Dan Carpenter, PEF associate director of field service organizing, conducted a workshop at the conference on how to engage members as well as how to chart and map members’ locations at worksites, to ensure they can be reached, organized and ready to respond when PEF needs them.
Carpenter also held training sessions in member engagement for stewards and council leaders in Regions 10, 1 and 6 in June. Carpenter encouraged the trainees to highlight the benefits of union membership and review the risks of non-membership when they engage members individually.