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NYS unions demand tax fairness to support economic reboot

Members of many unions shared their experiences and insights March 1 on how New Yorkers are faring as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year.  They spoke in a live Labor Revenue Forum streamed by the NYS AFL-CIO through its Facebook page. Their overarching message:  Everyone should contact their elected state representatives and tell them to invest in state and local services, infrastructure... Read more

PEF urges legislators to reject budget proposals cutting services and reducing staff at DOH

PEF submitted testimony on Feb. 25 urging the Legislature to reject budget proposals that would discontinue the indigent care pool to public hospitals and implement interstate licensure, which would allow out-of-state nurses to treat and render services in New York. The union advocated, instead, that New York invest in its state workforce and improve health care recruitment and retention. “New York State maintains the... Read more

Cancer brings value of PEF contract benefits into sharp focus

Most of us didn’t realize or appreciate how free we were until last year, when we suddenly lost that freedom to be safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. The same goes for the blessings of union membership and the contract PEF negotiates for its members. It’s easy to ignore them or take them for granted, until you suddenly find that your job or... Read more