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Thank you for your courageous service

To the Editor:

I want to say a special thank you to all of the courageous men and women who have served both on the “frontlines” and as support staff during this pandemic.


Ready, waiting for fair contract

To the Editor:

Yes, we are still doing it!  No contract. We worked at lower pay rate during overtime, and still no resolution on these matters.


Editor’s Note: The state refused to participate in contract negotiations after the pandemic lockdown began in March 2020.  It has now agreed to resume negotiations virtually beginning April 27.  

Why don’t DOCCS nurses have a new contract?

To the Editor:

Here is a question: After over more than one year, the nurses of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision still don’t have a contact.  Why don’t you address that?


Editor’s note: As has been repeatedly reported in The Communicator, the state refused to negotiate with PEF on a new contract for all PS&T employees after the pandemic lockdown occurred in March 2020.  We can now report that the state has agreed to resume negotiations virtually starting this April 27. 

When can we have fun together again?

To the Editor:

I was just wondering if there were any plans for members. No picnic, no Christmas party; there should be loads of money in our account.


Editor’s Note:  Sharing good times is important, and the union knows members are starved for the chance to be together again.  PEF has focused its resources on protecting members’ health and safety throughout the pandemic, on advocating for members’ legal and contractual rights, and meeting their needs to function efficiently while protecting their own safety and that of their families.  The union has sent masks to members and it provided hotel rooms for nurses and health care workers who were on the job many hours directly caring for the most seriously ill COVID patients.  

The pandemic is not over yet, but with vaccines now available PEF is reaching out to members both virtually and in person to share information and to hear how their needs and issues have evolved.  PEF organizers are traveling to meet with members and division leaders and may bring small gifts for members with them.  Meanwhile, talk to your division leaders about activities and events you would like to see the union conduct for you and your fellow members as soon as it is safe to do so.  You may also be glad to hear the Membership Benefits Program is eager to resume offering Family Fun Days and recreational program discounts as soon as it is safe for the programs to reopen.

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