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#ashtag Fridays campaign kicks off to show support for the PEF Contract Team
By KATHERINE MOSTACCIO
The PEF Contract Team continues to negotiate on universal issues such as compensation, paid family leave, overtime meal allowances, geographic differential, longevity pay, the Productivity Enhancement Program, and health care costs with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER).
Since January, both full teams have met at the table to address these issues and offer proposals. “Although some of our proposals have been met with significant pushback this team is committed to negotiating a contract that reflects improvements in the areas PEF members have identified as priorities and needed improvements to the collective bargaining agreement,” said Contract Team Chair Darlene Williams. “Our Members in Black campaign was successful in demonstrating the unity and strength of our membership across the state, and gives us added strength at the bargaining table.”
A sub-group of the PEF Contract Team and the GOER team has been discussing specific contract articles, such as discipline, grievance, the labor management process, professional development, work-life balance, and hourly employees.
Support the Team
PEF members — gather your families and friends — your Contract Team needs you.
Beginning May 24, PEF will launch #ashtag Fridays and collect photos of members and their families and friends holding signs with simple hashtag messages, such as #IsupportPEFcontractteam, #PEFdeservesafaircontract, #KidsBackPEF, #GivePEFaContractNow, and #FamiliesSupportPEF.
You can download and print signs here to use in your photos. Or, if you think you can come up with a better hashtag, go ahead and create your own on a piece of paper or a posterboard.
Take a group shot or a selfie and post it on your own Facebook and Twitter pages, and ask your family and friends to do the same. Then send your photos to gro.f1558873054ep@tn1558873054arbll1558873054iWK1558873054 for posting on PEF social media pages and watch our support grow.
“We are stressing the importance of treating PEF members with the respect they deserve at the table and at the workplace,” said Williams. “We need to continue to show our unity and our strength. Join us on #ashtag Fridays and show your support.”