Contract Update

Good afternoon everyone,

Please see the message below from President Wayne Spence.:

PEF Leaders:

Today the PEF contract team and the GOER bargaining team reached tentative agreement on a three year contract from April 2016 to April 2019.

The contract provides for three compounded wage increases of 2% per year, retroactive to April 2, 2016.

Of critical importance is the fact that the contract includes no healthcare concessions and no negotiated changes in healthcare benefits or costs.  The contract provides no increases in member co-pays, deductibles and no other increases in out of pocket costs to members for the full three year term of the contract.  PEF and the state also agreed to immediately meet to work together to find innovative and effective ways to deal with spiraling health care and prescription drug costs in the future.   The agreement also includes no changes in workers compensation benefits.

Statements will be released later today by both the Governor’s office and PEF.

You will receive further details about the tentative agreement before the next Executive Board meeting scheduled for November 16th and November 17th.

I know you will join me in thanking the members of PEF’s contract team who have worked hard and tirelessly over the past two years on this contract. While negotiations have been ongoing for the past two years, intensive round the clock negotiations began Monday morning and concluded at noon today with the execution of the tentative agreement by the chief negotiators.  The contract team unanimously approved and recommends the tentative agreement for your approval and ratification by PEF’s membership.  I am proud to have been a part of this process and look forward to the ratification of this three year contract.


Ride the Bus for the future of PEF and all unions!

Calling all PEF Region 8 Activists,

Please sign up to Ride the bus to support our endorsed candidate Hillary Clinton and those candidates who will help ensure that the Supreme Court will be fair to Unions and who will support our right to collectively bargain! It would be a true service to yourselves, your union and your families and communities. After all, it was the labor movement that created the middle class and it is the labor movement who can save it!

Please see the sign up information below!


BOTH Of our parent unions (AFT and SEIU)  are running buses to battleground states: And due to our proximity to New Hampshire, that will be our destination.

 AFT/NYSUT has a bus going on October 22nd:

Bus will be leaving at 5 a.m. from NYSUT HQ going to Manchester, NH.

All buses will arrive at their destination at approximately 9 a.m.

All buses, on both days, will leave their designated staging location at approximately 4 p.m.

Upon arrival, riders will be assigned teams and “turf” and given an orientation of the “walk area” along with a description of the voters (persuadable, base, likely, etc.).  We will not know the precise neighborhood until right before arrival as the campaigns often need to rapidly adjust strategies and these events are still weeks away.

For October 22nd, all registration will be handled by NYSUT’s Meeting and Facilities Department.  Please contact Kathy Leisenfelder at (518) 213-6000 or

The Capital District bus now leaving on October 22, 2016, is a smaller-seated bus, only 36 seats. Thus registration for this bus is a must.  If you want to participate please contact the Capital District Office a.s.a.p.



SEIU is running buses on multiple dates and In the Albany area they will be leaving from 1199 SEIU HQ IN Albany or PEF HQ. (Will send further details as they become available.)

October 22nd (1199 weekend warriors + local, in-state volunteers)

Upstate NY/MA/RI/CT à New Hampshire (Manchester & Keene)


Sample Schedule for a Saturday Weekend Warrior:

7/7:30am departure: (meet up, breakfast served)

9:30/10: Arrive in Philadelphia (or whatever city)

10:00-11:00 Union Action/Training

11:00-4:00pm Volunteer opportunity for Hilary Clinton (Campaign will provide transportation if needed and a bag lunch)

4:00pm board buses and return home

If you are signing up to take the AFT/NYSUT Bus please call the number listed above as well as notify Andrea Coton that you intend to do so. If you would like to ride the SEIU/PEF bus, please let Andrea Coton know by COB on Thursday 10/20/16 at or 518-785-1900 Ext 215

In unity there is Strength!

54K = 1!


Michael Blue

Region 8 Coordinator


Political Action Events in Region 8

Hi Fellow PEF Members, I just sent this email out to my activist mailing list. Please consider volunteering some of your time to help advance Labor’s agenda!

Hello Unionists,

Hope everyone is ready for an action packed election season. I am sending this email to let everyone know what types of Political Action activities are available in the Capital District and beyond. Please consider participating in these activities as we, as public employees, very much depend on electing the right people and passing the right laws to assure that we have favorable working conditions, compensation and retirements. Consequently, It is very important that we take part in the political process. That all being said here is what is going on locally:


PEF Region 8 Pac will be holding phone banks here at PEF HQ on Troy-Schenectady (1168-70) on the following dates and times (See schedule below). Priority Candidates for Region 8  this election cycle are Carrie Woerner, Angelo Santabarbara, Zephyr Teachout, George Amedore and any of our other endorsed candidates (as requested by their campaign staff). Food and drink will be provided. To sign up, please contact Andrea Coton @ and or 518-785-1900 Ext 215


Oct 24 –5:30pm-8:30pm


Oct 26 – 5:30pm-8:30pm


Oct 27 –5:30pm-8:30pm


Oct 31 – 5:30pm-8:30pm


Nov 1 –5:30pm-8:30pm


Nov 2 – 5:30pm-8:30pm


Nov 3 – 5:30pm-8:30pm


Nov 7- 5:30pm-8:30pm


In addition to Region 8’s event and Offering’s, we always work with the Capital District Area Labor Federation to work on their Labor to Labor walks, phone banks etc. Please consider joining one of the labor walks as they are a great way to spread the union message and to help candidates that support us. Their schedule and contact information is below:



Thank You all for your consideration!

In unity there is Strength!

54K = 1!


Michael Blue

Region 8 Coordinator


Seeking Participants for several Labor Day Parades.

Hello everyone,

PEF Region 8 is hoping to have a big presence at the Capital District Labor Parade. The Parade is on September 9th starting at 5:30. Shuttle buses leave from the Corning Preserve boat launch area. Parade route starts on Hawk Street (adjacent to the NYS Education Building) runs down Washington to State Street, left at Broadway and to the Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge to the Corning Preserve. Please come and show support for yourselves and all of Labor! T-shirts, food, and entertainment provided.

Also, the Upstate Chapter of the Caribbean American Committee is attending the NYC Labor Day/West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day in NYC. PEF Gear to be provided!

Please notify Andrea Coton at or 518/785-1900 Ext 315 if you are planning on attending. Some transportation is available for NYC Parade.


Family Fun Day is September 10th. Food, Fun, and Shredding. Great way to entertain the kids and do a little cleaning up!


For copies of the flyer go here: 2016_pef_mbp_day_flyer