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The President’s Message

 From the desk of Wayne Spence

September 9, 2019

Members step up for PEF one parade after another


Wayne Spence, PEF President

For many of us, September is a month that holds both promise and sadness.  Many PEF families share the excitement of their children starting a new school year; this year our PEF convention is being held in September where delegates will forge a roadmap for the

union for the year to come; sadness as we remember the horrific events of September 11, 2001, that changed so many of our lives forever, and of course, Labor Day when we take the time to honor the many achievements of working people.

This year, Labor Day held a special meaning for PEF members.  As we are in the midst of contract negotiations with the state, we put out a “call to action” to PEF members to come together at Labor Day parades and events to show union support for the PEF contract team.

From a PEF float in the parade in New York City, a firetruck bedecked with PEF banners in Buffalo, a pedal bus with PEF signs in Rochester, to PEF members marching in Syracuse and Massena, members from every region answered the call and participated in a Labor Day Parade or event! In spite of recent, unfounded and undeserved attacks on PEF, member participation was outstanding and should make us all feel very proud to be part of this great union.

So many of you recognized that Labor Day is not only a long weekend, but serves as a reminder that standing united sends a message to the governor and his negotiating team that we will not back down until we get a contract that reflects the financial gains and respect we all deserve.

You can see a full wrap-up of parade photos and videos on the official PEF Facebook, Twitter and website pages, as well as right here in the eCommunicator.

Thank you for a job well done and for reinforcing what I already knew:  YOU are the heart of this union and will ensure that PEF continues to be a powerful force!

I am a proud memberThank you for all you do!

#RealVoice #RealRespect #RealProfessionals

Membership cards are ALWAYS available online at https://apps.pef.org/join-pef.html, or you can request one through your steward, council leader or regional coordinator.

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