PEF protects your opportunities to advance
By SHERRY HALBROOK
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME was meant to be a death blow to unions and workers’ political and workplace power by forcing them to let non-members in their bargaining units receive their services without paying for them.
“Our fate, as always, is entirely in our members’ hands,” said PEF President Wayne Spence. “As long as PEF members value what they have achieved and will achieve through this union, no challenge or roadblock the billionaires throw at us can stop us. Our unity can overcome every obstacle,”
Among the many achievements of PEF and its members so far this year, are its efforts to prevent erosion and circumvention of the state Civil Service merit system.
PEF was able to:
- Stop term appointments at the state Office of Information Technology Systems;
- Stop the hiring for non-competitive and exempt positions included in the Title Modernization Initiative at the state Department of Financial Services;
- Get DFS to establish a workgroup of DFS management and PEF leaders to evaluate the administration of exams, opportunities for continuing education and communication with DFS employees about the Title Modernization Initiative;
- For the first time ever, get Civil Service agreement to hold quarterly Executive labor-management meetings with PEF leadership to discuss timely promotion exams, a fair process for scoring exams, and selective certification safeguards that include justifying any profile changes; and
- All PEF members are now entitled to sign up for the “Civil Service Institute,” in-person and online classes designed to help you fully understand the civil service system and how mobility opportunities work.
The union has also been working successfully on behalf of its members legislatively. This includes:
- Making union dues deductible on your New York income taxes;
- Stopping the expansion of design-build; and
- Protecting state services in the 2018-19 NYS budget;
“Sign your new PEF membership card and put your skates on,” Spence told members. “This union is on a roll.”