PEF 39th Annual Convention:
Delegates adopt resolutions to better PEF operations, members’ work lives
Delegates to the 39th Annual PEF Convention held October 22-25 in Lake Placid dealt with 20 proposed resolutions that members had submitted. The resolutions were taken in order of their priority established by six delegate committees that reviewed, ranked and recommended action on the resolutions that were divided into categories based on the issues they addressed.
The delegates gave the highest priority to resolutions meant to put PEF in the strongest possible position operationally and financially to deal with current and future challenges facing it as a union and facing its members in their workplaces. Of the 20 resolutions: six were adopted without amendment; six were adopted with amendment/s; four were defeated; three were ruled out of order; and one was referred to the PEF Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
Resolutions adopted with no amendment are:
- Resolution 2 – Recommends PEF draft a Code of Conduct for its elected officials to be submitted to the Executive Board for consideration and implementation;
- Resolution 3 – Directs the PEF president and committee chairs to conduct their business and activities to save money by minimizing the need for employee organizational leave by such measures as holding meetings by conference call or webcast, scheduling meetings sequentially, or by requesting financial support from PEF’s international affiliates;
- Resolution 4 – Recommends the PEF president have the Financial Compliance Committee in consultation with the PEF trustees review all PEF policies and recommend changes to the Executive Board to achieve coherent, ethical, transparent and effective financial management;
- Resolution 5 – Directs the PEF secretary-treasurer and Executive Board to establish clear, ethical and transparent policies and procedures for purchasing and for issuing requests for proposals expected to cost $50,000 or more, and for managing contracts. It further stipulates minimum standards for inclusion in the RFPs;
- Resolution 10 – Directs PEF to develop a template for members to use in documenting instances of promotions and hirings that do not adhere to the state Civil Service Law’s “rule of three;” and
- Resolution 11 – Directs PEF to develop a template and train PEF division officers and stewards, and labor-management committee members how to ask management to provide lists of the changes in skills and competencies they anticipate employees will need.
Amended resolutions that were adopted are:
- Resolution 9 – Directs PEF to build unity and strength by committing to engage its members on a regular basis and it sets goals for increasing membership and activism, and to report on its progress to the 2018 and 2019 conventions, and it further directs PEF regions to develop and implement similar plans in cooperation with PEF staff, PEF Retirees and PEF’s international affiliates;
- Resolution 12 – Recommends the PEF president appoint a committee to recommend ways to speed up and improve the processing of contract grievances and that committee should submit its recommendations to the president within nine months after the 2017 convention. Those recommendations should be published in the next issue of The Communicator. The president should report on the status of the recommendations and their implementation at both the 2018 and 2019 conventions and provide statistics to evaluate improvement in the time it takes to resolve grievances;
- Resolution 13 – Clarifies the delegates assertion that PEF trustees may ask questions at Executive Board meetings by rising on a point of order;
- Resolution 16 – Calls for the PEF Ethics Committee, the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and PEF general counsel to meet jointly to discuss proposed changes to the PEF Code of Ethics and present those changes to the Executive Board;
- Resolution 17 — Calls for the PEF Ethics Committee, the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and PEF general counsel to meet jointly to discuss proposed changes to the PEF Professional Conduct Policy and present those changes to the Executive Board; and
- Resolution 18 – Calls for the PEF secretary-treasurer to meet at least four times annually with the PEF Budget Advisory Committee to discuss the PEF budget proposal for the coming fiscal year before that proposal is submitted to the Executive Board.