In 1979 the Public Employees Federation was certified as the collective bargaining agent for the members of the Professional, Scientific, and Technical unit of New York State. PEF’s first convention was held in October 1979 to adopt a constitution and elect officers, executive board members and trustees. Currently, PEF represents about 50,000 New York State workers in job titles including nurses, accountants, engineers and thousands more. The current administration of PEF President Wayne Spence and Secretary-Treasurer Joe Donahue took office on August 1, 2021. PEF is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and  Service Employees International Union (SEIU).