• Budget season is underway

    Budget season is underway

    Governor Hochul’s executive budget was released on Jan. 18 and hearings before legislative committees started today.  First up is a joint Senate and Assembly hearing on Public Protection — PEF submitted written testimony from President Wayne Spence highlighting our concerns surrounding budget proposals impacting DOCCS and the Office of Information Technology Services. 

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  • PSWP on writing for non-native English speakers

    PSWP on writing for non-native English speakers

    PEF members can take advantage of an upcoming Public Service Workshop training on professional writing for non-native English speakers. Professional Writing: Mechanics for Non-Native English Speakers will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 16 and 17, 2022. (flyer) This two-session virtual workshop provides non-native English-speaking participants with a review of the...

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  • COVID-19 at-home test guidance

    COVID-19 at-home test guidance

    Under direction from the federal government, all private insurance companies and health plans will cover claims for FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home, over-the-counter diagnostic tests.  This includes all HMO plans along with The Empire Plan. 

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  • PEF statement on the proposed executive budget

    PEF statement on the proposed executive budget

    PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on Jan. 18, 2022, following the release of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s executive budget proposal: “In her first budget address, Governor Hochul clearly reflected the priorities of PEF members and all New Yorkers, especially around the need to provide additional resources and staff so our depleted state agencies...

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  • MLK fought for workers’ rights, bridging the labor movement with the civil rights movement

    MLK fought for workers’ rights, bridging the labor movement with the civil rights movement

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as a leader in the fight for civil rights – but when he was killed in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, King was actually in the city to support a union strike. King was in Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who, carrying signs blazoned with...

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  • At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    Effective today — Jan. 15, 2022 — members who are enrolled in The Empire Plan or HMO may obtain FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home, over-the-counter diagnostic tests. Please click Read More for the memo from Contract Administration outlining the benefit.

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