• 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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  • Current PEF contract now available online

    Current PEF contract now available online

    The 2019-2023 PS&T Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified overwhelmingly by members in July 2021 is now available online as a searchable PDF.

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  • Overtime rate increase extended for certain titles at SUNY, OCFS

    Overtime rate increase extended for certain titles at SUNY, OCFS

    PEF has negotiated an extension of the 2.5 Overtime Agreement for employees in specified titles at the three SUNY Hospitals and the SUNY Long Island Veterans’ Home, as well as youth counselors employed by OCFS. The terms are the same as in the previous 2.5 Overtime Agreement, but this one is for the period January...

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  • Spence to Hochul: With masks mandated, why not more telecommuting?

    Spence to Hochul: With masks mandated, why not more telecommuting?

    PEF President Wayne Spence sent a letter to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Dec. 14 asking that she expand telecommuting for state workers, given the Omicron variant and the statewide rise in COVID-19 cases which necessitated the indoor mask mandate she just put into effect.

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