• PEF calls on the Senate to Consider and Vote on Judge LaSalle Appointment After a Full Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

    PEF calls on the Senate to Consider and Vote on Judge LaSalle Appointment After a Full Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

    PEF issued the following statement on Jan. 16, 2023, in advance of the Senate Judiciary hearing for Justice Hector LaSalle:  One of the fundamental values of the New York State Public Employees Federation is due process, and PEF has every confidence that the Senate Judiciary Committee will provide Justice Hector LaSalle with due process through...

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  • PEF statement on Gov. Hochul’s State of the State address

    PEF statement on Gov. Hochul’s State of the State address

    PEF President Wayne Spence attended the State of the State address by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Jan. 10, 2023, and issued this statement following the speech: “Governor Hochul advanced a budget blueprint that builds upon PEF’s ongoing ‘Fund Our Future‘ campaign.  From dedicating resources to support more state-operated mental health services, indexing...

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  • Health Care Worker Bonus Program is a good start, but it’s just a start

    Health Care Worker Bonus Program is a good start, but it’s just a start

    PEF President Wayne Spence sent the following message to all members on Aug. 4, 2022, following the announcement from the governor’s office about the process created to distribute the $1.2 billion allocated in the state budget to pay bonuses to eligible healthcare workers. Yesterday, Governor Hochul officially announced the process to begin the distribution of...

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  • PEF Statement on New York Legislative Workers United

    PEF Statement on New York Legislative Workers United

    The following statement was issued July 15 by PEF President Wayne Spence, in response to media reports that more than 75 staff who work in New York Senate offices across the State have declared their intent for form a union. “New York Legislative Workers United seeks voluntary recognition by the State.  PEF stands behind them...

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  • PEF leaders express concern about radical Supreme Court

    PEF leaders express concern about radical Supreme Court

    The following statement was issued July 1 by the undersigned Statewide Officers and members of PEF’s Executive Council regarding the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. PEF is deeply troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson overturning women’s right to control their bodies and lives....

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  • PEF Endorses Governor Kathy Hochul

    PEF Endorses Governor Kathy Hochul

    ALBANY – The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) endorsed Governor Kathy Hochul for a full term at this week’s quarterly meeting of the PEF Executive Board. “Governor Hochul recognizes the challenges members of the Public Employees Federation face delivering quality services to their fellow New Yorkers,” said PEF President Wayne Spence. “PEF members went above and...

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  • PEF statement on the recent mass shootings

    PEF statement on the recent mass shootings

    PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on May 26 regarding the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Uvalde, Texas: “As a father and the president of a union whose members provide public services to New Yorkers, I am horrified by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.  Do we really have to...

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  • 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 statement on SUNY Upstate’s bid to acquire Crouse Hospital

    PEF statement on SUNY Upstate’s bid to acquire Crouse Hospital

    PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement in reaction to the proposal by SUNY Upstate Medical University to buy Crouse Hospital, a non-profit facility in Syracuse. “SUNY Upstate Medical University’s bid to acquire Crouse Hospital presents a huge range of complex issues that must be closely considered. PEF deserves a seat at the table...

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