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Crisis at OPWDD: PEF rallies for increased wages, staffing

PEF members, retirees and other disabilities services organizations joined State Sen. John Mannion (D-50th District) on September 14 outside the State Capitol for a rally to spotlight the lack of adequate funding, services and staff at the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). A 25-year veteran of OPWDD, PEF Vice President Randi DiAntonio spoke for the 3,500 treatment specialists and dedicated professionals... Read more

Mediation begins today for Sept. 27 COVID-19 vaccine mandate

A mediator from PERB (the Public Employment Relations Board) is bringing together representatives from PEF and the Governor's Office for Employee Relations (GOER) today in an attempt to negotiate the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed by New York State that is set to go into effect on Sept. 27 for healthcare workers. PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement... Read more

Federal rental assistance applications are open

For PEF members or anyone else who qualifies, rental assistance is available from the federal government. The program targets low and moderate-income households at risk of homelessness or housing instability. Significant economic relief providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance is now available. Residents can apply for the federally funded Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which covers households with income... Read more

PEF Declares Impasse on COVID Mandate

Thousands of our PEF brothers and sisters are subject to a mandate to be vaccinated by September 27, 2021. After weeks of negotiations, the state has been unwilling to approve a negotiated framework we had with SUNY. To make matters worse, the state has also been slow to negotiate or offer an alternative agreement that would incentivize their vaccine mandate... Read more