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Arbitration begins today for Sept. 27 COVID-19 vaccine mandate

A mediator from PERB (the Public Employment Relations Board) is bringing together representatives from PEF and the Governor's Office for Employee Relations (GOER) today in an attempt to negotiate the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed by New York State that is set to go into effect on Sept. 27 for healthcare workers. PEF...
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Federal rental assistance applications are open

For PEF members or anyone else who qualifies, rental assistance is available from the federal government. The program targets low and moderate-income households at risk of homelessness or housing instability. Significant economic relief providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance is now available. Residents can apply for the federally funded Emergency Rental Assistance...
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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...
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PEF statement on lifting of statewide hiring freeze

ALBANY, N.Y. – PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement in response to Gov. Hochul’s suspension of the statewide hiring freeze on Sept. 16: “PEF applauds Gov. Hochul’s decision to suspend the hiring freeze that has contributed to critical staffing shortages throughout the state workforce. Now it’s time to fill the more than 5,000 vacant...
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