Welcome to PEF! You are now part of a union made up of about 50,000 professional, scientific and technical (PS&T) employees who work in more than 3,000 jobs all across New York State. This page contains a lot of information to help you get to know how the union works. As you read through all the helpful information here, keep one thing in mind: There is no union without YOU! Our power at the negotiating table and in every meeting with management stems from our collective strength. Thank you for joining PEF and we wish you a fulfilling career with New York State.

Introduction to your union

Welcome Letter from President Wayne Spence and Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Donahue

New Hire Orientation Presentation (PDF)

PEF 101: Who we are, what we do, and how your dues are spent (PDF)

Know Your Contract

The 2023-2026 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between New York State and the members of the PS&T unit governs the terms and conditions of most PEF members’ employment. PEF also represents a few agencies outside the PS&T unit, who have their own CBAs. You can find copies of all the agreements on this page.

The agreement outlines grievance procedures for many situations you may find yourself in while an employee of the State of New York. Here are some of the most frequently used grievance forms:

Joining the Union

PEF has not increased its dues in decades.  Only dues-paying members of the union are entitled to legal representation in the event of discipline.  The current payroll deduction amounts to less than 1% of an employees’ salary. (0.9 of 1%, to be exact!)

If you have already filled out a membership application, thank you!  If you haven’t and would like to, you may either sign up online or download the appropriate form below.

Division leaders and stewards may also download and print this flyer, which contains a QR code that will take members directly to the online membership form.

You can then fax this form to (518) 252-4050
Or scan it and email it to: JoinPEF@pef.org
Or mail it to:
Membership Information Services
New York State Public Employees Federation
PO Box 12414
Albany, NY 12214-5551

Once we receive your membership application, you will receive an email alerting you that we have received it. You will receive a second email once your membership is active and you become a dues-paying member. It can take up to 4-6 weeks for dues to be deducted. Please monitor your pay stub. If you have any questions, please email JoinPEF@pef.org.



Our international parent unions:

Helpful links for new hires:

PEF Social Media

PEF members are eligible for dozens of discounted benefits and other perks of membership. Please visit the PEF Membership Benefits website for details.