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Girl Scout troop says ‘thank you’ to nurses

Handmade signs thanking them for their hard work and dedication welcomed nurses coming to work at Rochester Psychiatric Center (RPC) recently. PEF member Katie Walker, a licensed clinical social worker at RPC, is the coleader of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and said the girls brainstormed content for posters to place around the facility and on individual units. “The girls came up with phrases... Read more

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