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Likes contract deal

To the Editor:
Great JOB, Mr. President!



Would retiree get retroactive pay?

To the Editor:
If you retired in 1/2021, do you get retro payment for the raise?


Editor’s note: Yes. If the tentative agreement is ratified, you would receive retroactive pay for the period you worked after April 1, 2019. Also, your monthly pension benefit would be increased because your final average salary will be increased by the retroactive raises.


Are these the same thing?

To the Editor:
Please explain performance enhancement vs longevity.

Rome, NY

Editor’s note: If ratified by members, performance awards under the 2019-2023 PS&T Tentative Agreement reward five, 10 and 15 years of service at top of grade for eligible employees with satisfactory performance.  These performance awards are sometimes referred to as longevity bonuses..


Would new contract benefit retirees?

To the Editor:
Hi. Quick question, as I did not see info in my reading of contract or related articles.
I am a state PEF retiree (since 2016). Did retirees gain anything in this contract besides being part of negotiated cost increases?
I have been a loyal PEF member for over 30 years and lived through many of the 0% years. Curiosity has the best of me at this moment.


Editor’s note: State law does not allow the union to bargain on behalf of its retired members. However, members who retired after the last PS&T contract expired April 1, 2019, would receive retroactive pay and benefits for the period they remained in state service after that date. Since the writer of the letter above retired in 2016, he would not be eligible for any retroactive pay or benefits.


How soon can we vote and get our money?

To the Editor:
When is the vote and when would we get retro pay?


Editor’s note: Ballots were mailed July 2 by the American Arbitration Association to PEF members in the state’s PS&T bargaining unit. They must be returned to AAA by July 26 and will be counted July 27. Information is not yet available on how soon retroactive pay would be received by members if the tentative contract is ratified and signed.


Congratulations on outstanding job

To the Editor:
Congratulations to the PEF Contract Team and to President Wayne Spence.
You both did an outstanding job on behalf of the PEF membership! Thank you!


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