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PEF tells committees to ‘act fast’ to impact return-to-work, telecommuting

PEF’s statewide labor-management and health and safety committees must move very quickly to influence return-to-work and future telecommuting policies before a July 31 deadline.  That was the urgent message they received at an all-day Zoom meeting on June 25 with PEF leaders and staff. “We have a lot of labor-management work to do in the next few weeks,” PEF Director of Contract Administration... Read more

PEF, SUNY renew mandatory, free COVID-19 testing

PEF President Wayne Spence and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced on July 1 that they have renewed their agreement to extend mandatory, free weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated, union-represented employees through the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Effective through December 31, 2021, all United University Professions, New York State Public Employees Federation, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, and... Read more

PEF headquarters ribbon cutting

PEF held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning to celebrate the newly renovated headquarters building in Latham. PEF Secretary-Treasurer Kay Alison Wilkie was joined by PEF President Wayne Spence to cut the ribbon. Executive Director Todd Kerner and various department directors and PEF staff were also on hand for the brief ceremony. Renovations include infrastructure and data security upgrades, such as new HVAC... Read more

PEF supports Eric Adams for New York City mayor

PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on June 23 after Primary Day in New York City: The votes are still being counted, but the first choice of New York City residents is clear -- Eric Adams ranks No. 1 on the most ballots after yesterday's Democratic Primary. The New York State Public Employees Federation endorsed Adams in January for one simple reason:... Read more