• Temporary overtime rate increase for certain PEF titles at OMH hospitals

    Temporary overtime rate increase for certain PEF titles at OMH hospitals

    PEF has negotiated a temporary agreement to raise the overtime rate paid to certain titles at OMH hospitals.  The following PEF titles at OMH hospitals, excluding the Nathan Kline Institute, are eligible: Nurse 1, Nurse 2, Nurse 2 (Psychiatric), Nurse 3 (Psychiatric), Community Mental Health Nurse, Infection Control Nurse, Nurse Administrator 1 (Psychiatric) and Nurse Administrator...

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  • Telephone Town Hall about Vaccine/Test Mandate

    Telephone Town Hall about Vaccine/Test Mandate

    For members who could not attend on Oct. 14, a recording of the PEF Telephone Town Hall about the vaccine or test mandate is now available.

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  • Vaccine and/or testing mandates

    Vaccine and/or testing mandates

    As of Oct. 12, thousands more PEF members are subject to a vaccine or test mandate imposed by New York State. We’ve heard from many of you that your agency does not yet have a clear testing procedure in place, so we will be holding a telephone town hall on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m....

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  • PEF Declares Impasse on COVID Mandate

    PEF Declares Impasse on COVID Mandate

    Thousands of our PEF brothers and sisters are subject to a mandate to be vaccinated by September 27, 2021. After weeks of negotiations, the state has been unwilling to approve a negotiated framework we had with SUNY. To make matters worse, the state has also been slow to negotiate or offer an alternative agreement that...

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  • PEF’s Position on Vaccine Mandates and Telecommuting

    PEF’s Position on Vaccine Mandates and Telecommuting

    Sent on behalf of President Spence: PEF’s primary mission is improving the members’ terms and conditions of employment, including protecting members’ health and safety.  In this case we must balance conflicting interests of (1) protecting members’ health and safety and (2) protecting individuals’ desires to make their own choices and decisions.  PEF’s members are deeply...

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  • Report workplace discrimination to PEF

    Report workplace discrimination to PEF

    Are you facing discrimination in the workplace? Have you been singled out due to disability, race, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity? If so, PEF wants to know. A new Discrimination Intake Form allows members to report incidents for follow-up by PEF’s Joint Affirmative Action Committee and members are encouraged to keep the union informed...

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  • COVID-19: Information for PEF Members & Staff

    COVID-19: Information for PEF Members & Staff

    COVID-19 has impacted our lives in ways that until recently seemed unimaginable. PEF is working every day to hold New York State accountable as the pandemic continues. PEF members across the state need information and resources to help them stay safe. Find out what you need to know, what resources you have, and what you...

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  • Latest on COVID vaccines & variants

    Latest on COVID vaccines & variants

    As the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread and New York has fully implemented its various vaccine and vaccine/test mandates, President Spence asked the PEF Health & Safety team to share the latest science-based information for members about vaccines and variants.  These two fact sheets were distributed to PEF leaders in September 2021...

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  • PEF, SUNY renew mandatory, free COVID-19 testing

    PEF, SUNY renew mandatory, free COVID-19 testing

    PEF President Wayne Spence and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced on July 1 that they have renewed their agreement to extend mandatory, free weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated, union-represented employees through the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Effective through December 31, 2021, all United University Professions, New York State Public Employees Federation, New York...

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