• 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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  • New Empire Plan ID cards coming in December!

    New Empire Plan ID cards coming in December!

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act requires insurers to provide new ID cards to enrollees for use as of Jan. 1, 2022.  The new ID cards will show co-pays for all services.  We have been notified that new cards for members enrolled in The Empire Plan will be mailed out in December 2021.  The Empire Plan ID...

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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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  • Victims, parole officers matter: Rally denounces Less is More

    Victims, parole officers matter: Rally denounces Less is More

    QUEENS, N.Y. — New York State parole officers rallied outside Rikers Island on Oct. 7, 2021, to denounce the recently signed “Less is More” parole reform law and call out the serious repercussions for community safety, parole supervision and crime victims. “Bottom line – the “Less” in this law is public safety; the “More” is...

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  • Getting retro pay?  Sign up for a deferred comp webinar

    Getting retro pay? Sign up for a deferred comp webinar

    If you participate in the state’s deferred compensation plan or want to  and you will receive retroactive pay under the new PS&T contract in early November, this is for you. The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan (457b) will host educational webinars October 12 and 13 for PEF members who are thinking about enrolling in...

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  • Public Service Workshops available to PEF members

    Public Service Workshops available to PEF members

    PEF members can take advantage of a series of upcoming Public Service Workshop trainings, including defense documentation for nurses, preparing written communication for executives, managing the team report writing process, managing multiple priorities, and medication safety. Defensive Documentation for Nurses will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and will teach the legal...

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  • PEF Actions Leading up to the Sept. 27 Vaccine Mandate

    PEF Actions Leading up to the Sept. 27 Vaccine Mandate

    On Sept. 17, PEF filed a declaration of impasse with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) requesting a mediator be assigned to facilitate impact bargaining with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) over the Sept. 27 vaccine mandate imposed by the New York State Department of Health on patient-facing healthcare workers. The declaration was...

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  • 2021 PEP Enrollment

    2021 PEP Enrollment

    Enrollment for the 2021 Productivity Enhancement Program is now open.  PEP is pro-rated for this year from July 1, 2021, to the end of the year. October 1 is the last day you may enroll. Here is the form as a fillable PDF that you can fill out and print and bring to your Business Service...

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  • Crisis at OPWDD: PEF rallies for increased wages, staffing

    Crisis at OPWDD: PEF rallies for increased wages, staffing

    PEF members, retirees and other disabilities services organizations joined State Sen. John Mannion (D-50th District) on September 14 outside the State Capitol for a rally to spotlight the lack of adequate funding, services and staff at the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). A 25-year veteran of OPWDD, PEF Vice President Randi DiAntonio spoke for...

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