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Statement from PEF President Spence on “Safe Staffing” Healthcare Bills

The Public Employees Federation applauds the passage of the "safe staffing" bills by the New York State Legislature. We thank the Democratic majorities in both houses and particularly the bill sponsors, Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymember Aileen Gunther. COVID-19 showed the world how critical New York's nurses are when it comes to caring for the state's most vulnerable. During the first surge, SUNY... Read more

Members’ Voice Slate Certified by PEF Elections Committee

Wayne Spence will remain PEF president for his third three-year term beginning this August. The Members' Voice slate was certified for all statewide offices (president, secretary-treasurer, three vice-presidents and three trustees). No opposition candidates were certified by the PEF Elections Committee following its review of nominating petitions, so no balloting is necessary for those offices. Joining Spence on the leadership team will be: Secretary-Treasurer... Read more

PEF presents arguments on key issues as negotiations resume

The PEF contract team, joined by President Wayne Spence, met virtually with state negotiators April 27 to resume bargaining on a successor agreement after the state postponed talks for more than a year due to COVID-19. “We want to get this going as expeditiously as possible,” Spence said. “PEF members have been without a contract long enough and it is time to get... Read more

PEF observes Workers Memorial Day; highlights importance of health and safety, safe staffing

Under clear skies, PEF leaders gathered at the memorial outside PEF Headquarters to honor the 33 members who passed away since April 2020, reading aloud their names and observing a moment of silence. “In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job,” said PEF President Wayne Spence. “Workers Memorial Day is... Read more