• PEF statement on COVID surge, telecommuting, booster mandates

    PEF statement on COVID surge, telecommuting, booster mandates

    PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on Jan. 11 in response to to New York’s COVID surge, booster mandates, and the lack of sufficient telecommuting: “New York State is inexplicably insisting on a mad dash to force workers into the workplace during the worst winter surge of the COVID pandemic.  By the State’s...

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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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  • If state lawmakers can telecommute, why not the rest of the state workforce?

    If state lawmakers can telecommute, why not the rest of the state workforce?

    PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement regarding Gov. Kathy Hochul’s recent executive order allowing the NYS Legislature to meet virtually until Jan. 15: “The strong and decisive action taken by the Governor to protect the legislative branch of government employees should also be extended to the executive branch. The Governor understood that by...

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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 Endorses Schumer and DiNapoli

    PEF Endorses Schumer and DiNapoli

    Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Public Employees Federation endorsed the reelection campaigns of Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Dec. 10 at their Executive Board meeting.  The PEF Executive Board voted overwhelmingly to accept the recommendations of the union’s Statewide Political Action Committee. “Majority Leader Schumer...

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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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  • ‘Less is More’: Less resources, less services, less funding

    ‘Less is More’: Less resources, less services, less funding

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PEF parole officers and victims’ advocates rallied outside the Hall of Justice in Rochester November 22 to denounce the “Less is More” parole reform law and call out its serious repercussions for community safety, parole supervision and crime victims. “Less is More requires that we turn our eyes away from those who are still serving their court-imposed sentences, who continue to demonstrate behaviors that negatively impact...

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  • 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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  • PEF endorses Eric Adams for New York City mayor

    PEF endorses Eric Adams for New York City mayor

    Contact: PEF Communications Director Rob Merrill, rmerrill@pef.org Eric Adams for Mayor, Evan Thies, 917 715 9265 or evan@pythiapublic.com New York, NY — Citing his dedication to working people and his vision for New York City, PEF endorsed Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in his run for mayor of New York today. “Eric...

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