• Legislators support PEF nurses’ call to boost pay, staffing

    Legislators support PEF nurses’ call to boost pay, staffing

    The state Legislature was in session Tuesday, May 10, but at least 16 lawmakers ducked out of meetings at lunchtime to join PEF nurses at a press conference outside the Capitol. “Our nurses made a strong case for better staffing and better pay to meet a nursing shortage in state health care facilities that has...

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  • PEF ready to work with Gov. Hochul to reward, protect healthcare heroes

    PEF ready to work with Gov. Hochul to reward, protect healthcare heroes

    Albany, N.Y. – The Public Employees Federation, the Communications Workers of America, and the New York State Nurses Association issued the following statement on Jan. 5, 2022, in response to Governor Hochul’s State of the State address: “We applaud Governor Hochul for recognizing that our frontline healthcare workers are in desperate need of additional resources...

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  • Two new Public Service Workshops for nurses

    Two new Public Service Workshops for nurses

    PEF members can take advantage of upcoming Public Service Workshop trainings on defensive documentation for nurses and medication safety. The Defensive Documentation for Nurses  program will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. This virtual workshop teaches the legal and ethical aspects of medical case documentation and record-keeping with a focus on litigation...

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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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  • PEF secures geographic pay raises for SUNY Downstate nurses

    PEF secures geographic pay raises for SUNY Downstate nurses

    The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) announced today (Dec. 17, 2021) that it reached an agreement with SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Center to provide geographic pay raises (GEOs) for the teaching and research center nurses employed by SUNY University Hospital of Brooklyn. The agreement will result in an average salary increase of...

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  • PEF Nurses: Have you received your uniform allowance yet?

    PEF Nurses: Have you received your uniform allowance yet?

    As a result of the new collective bargaining agreement, eligible PEF nurses should have received a one-time lump sum allowance of $500 for uniform maintenance last month. That amount would be pro-rated for members who don’t work full-time.  The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) issued a payroll bulletin in October stating that agencies could submit...

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  • PEF President: ‘Chancellor Malatras has our full faith and confidence’

    PEF President: ‘Chancellor Malatras has our full faith and confidence’

    PEF President Wayne Spence sent the following statement to the SUNY Board of Trustees on Dec. 3, 2021: Throughout the nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of dedicated New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) nurses employed by SUNY have worked tirelessly to step up, protect our communities, and save lives. Our members...

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  • Professional development program details now available

    Professional development program details now available

    Training courses, grants, reimbursement for workshops and licensure exam fees are funded under Article 15 of the PS&T contract. The PEF/State Joint Professional Development Committee (PDC) works together to assess the professional development and training needs of PEF members and establishes training that improves the skills and knowledge needed for job performance. The PDC is...

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  • New Nurse “Clinical Staffing Committee” Bill Signed Into Law

    New Nurse “Clinical Staffing Committee” Bill Signed Into Law

    At the urging of PEF and the other unions representing nurses across the state, Governor Cuomo has signed legislation which requires the direct involvement of nurses in hospital staffing plan development and implementation. For the first time, this law will require every general hospital, including the SUNY Hospitals, Roswell Cancer Institute and every other state-operated...

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