Welcome to PEF! You are now part of a union made up of about 50,000 professional, scientific and technical employees who work in more than 3,000 jobs all across New York State. This page contains a lot of information to help you get to know how the union works. As you read through all the helpful information here, keep one thing in mind: There is no union without YOU! Our power at the negotiating table and in every meeting with management stems from our collective strength. Thank you for joining PEF and we wish you a fulfilling career with New York State.
PEF Member Orientation
Introduction to your union
Welcome Letter from President Wayne Spence and Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Donahue
Know Your Contract
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between New York State and the members of the PS&T unit runs through April 1, 2023. You can find everything you need to know about the contract on this page. We are working on creating a searchable PDF of the current agreement and will post it on that page as soon as it is available.
The agreement outlines grievance procedures for many situations you may find yourself in while an employee of the State of New York. Here are some of the most frequently used grievance forms:
Joining the Union
PEF has not increased its dues in decades. Only dues-paying members of the union are entitled to legal representation in the event of discipline. The current payroll deduction amounts to less than 1% of an employees’ salary. (0.9 of 1%, to be exact!)
If you have already filled out a membership application, thank you! If you haven’t and would like to, you may either sign up online or download the appropriate form below.
You can then fax this form to (518) 252-4050
Or scan it and email it to: JoinPEF@pef.org
Or mail it to:
Membership Information Services
New York State Public Employees Federation
PO Box 12414
Albany, NY 12214-5551
- If you are an existing member, recommit to the union by filling out this PDF that you can scan and email (preferred)
Once we receive your membership application, you will receive an email alerting you that we have received it. You will receive a second email once your membership is active and you become a dues-paying member. It can take up to 4-6 weeks for dues to be deducted. Please monitor your pay stub. If you have any questions, please email JoinPEF@pef.org.
- PEF Constitution
- Current PS&T Collective Bargaining Agreement (in effect through April 1, 2023)
- How the Union is Structured (includes Regional Map)
Our international parent unions:
Helpful links for new hires:
- NYS Dept. of Civil Service
- NYS & Local Retirement System (NYSLRS): This is where you will find information about your pension plan.
- NYS Deferred Compensation Plan: A supplemental retirement savings plan designed for public employees to bridge the gap between your pension and Social Security benefits.
PEF Social Media
PEF members are eligible for dozens of discounted benefits and other perks of membership. Please visit the PEF Membership Benefits website for details.