• PEF negotiates extensions of temporary 2.5 times overtime rate

    PEF negotiates extensions of temporary 2.5 times overtime rate

    Last updated Aug. 31, 2022 — After negotiations with the Office of Employee Relations, the 2.5 times temporary overtime rate for PEF members in certain titles in certain agencies has been extended. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the...

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  • Do I need to fill out a Health Care Workforce Bonus form?

    Do I need to fill out a Health Care Workforce Bonus form?

    PEF members who are eligible for the Health Care Workforce Bonus signed into law by the governor have asked whether they need to fill out a form to claim the money.  The Office of Employee Relations has advised that State employees do not need to fill out Health Care Workforce Bonus forms unless directed...

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  • Carried-over vacation accruals: Use or lose in 2022!

    Carried-over vacation accruals: Use or lose in 2022!

    In 2020, PEF and other state unions reached an agreement with the Office of Employee Relations (OER) that allowed members to carry over vacation accruals beyond the contractual cap. The agreement was extended in 2021 and 2022.  This extension was also offered to Management Confidential (M/C) employees. The agreement requires that accruals carried over must now be...

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  • Certification & license renewal reimbursement has increased

    Certification & license renewal reimbursement has increased

    Are you a teacher, nurse, engineer or other professional whose state job requires a license or certification? If you paid for certification and license renewals required for your job, you may be eligible for reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year under the Certification and License Renewal Fee Reimbursement Pilot Program negotiated between PEF and...

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  • April 2022 contractual raises, advances and awards are coming!

    April 2022 contractual raises, advances and awards are coming!

    Last week, the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) released Payroll Bulletin 2016 providing information about payment of the April 2022 contractual Performance Advances (Increments). Complete details regarding eligibility for these payments can be found in the bulletin. The effective dates for these base salary changes are as follows: Institution Payroll (effective 4/7/2022 in...

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  • Winter Storm FAQs

    Winter Storm FAQs

    With a winter storm expected to start overnight on Feb. 24 and continue throughout the day on Feb. 25, President Wayne Spence asked PEF Contract Administration to answer frequently asked questions about work absences during extraordinary circumstances. Please see the full memo from Director of Contract Administration Debra Greenberg.

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  • Quality of Work Life grants now available

    Quality of Work Life grants now available

    The Quality of Work Life grant program is back up and running.  This program allows divisions to spend up to $1,000 per year to purchase a microwave, refrigerator, or coffee maker, subject to funding limitations.  The guidelines for the program can be read here and the application, which is a fillable PDF form, can...

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  • Retroactive performance awards to be paid in Feb. 2022

    Retroactive performance awards to be paid in Feb. 2022

    Another great benefit negotiated by your PEF Contract team will soon be realized!  You will soon receive the retroactive performance awards that were negotiated in the 2019-2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement between PEF and New York State.  The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) recently issued payroll bulletin 1992 providing details about the retroactive PEF performance...

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  • Extraordinary circumstances FAQ

    Extraordinary circumstances FAQ

    With winter in full swing and weather emergency declarations always possible, PEF Contract Administration has issued a memo answering Frequently Asked Questions about your rights during a declared State of Emergency.

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