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More Upcoming Events

Hello Region 8,

Wanted to let you about some upcoming activist opportunities: 

The 2018 Women’s March is taking place in multiple locations throughout the state and country. If you are interested in participating please see the information below. 

For members who would like to participate but cannot get on the bus, Albany is hosting its own event.

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To Print a copy of the Albany Flyer Go here: AlbanyFullFlyer3

For those members who are able to travel and would like to go to the NYC Rally: 

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To RSVP for the BUS go here:  http://bit.ly/PEFNYCMARCH​

To Print a copy of the New York City Bus Flyer go here: womens-march-Albany-to-NYC-flyer (2)

Happy 2018 Region 8! (FIRST EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

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Good Afternoon Folks,

Hope everyone had a wonderful New Years Eve and that we are all ready for the upcoming year. I know that I start the new year with a determination to keep our union and the union movement strong in the face of ever increasing threats against us.

That’s why we are honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy in the labor movement. It is important to remember that Dr. King was not just fighting for racial, social and economic justice. Dr. King was a labor unionist, too. That’s why PEF along with our partners in labor from around the Capital District who are part of the Capital District Area Labor Federation have worked together to develop a fitting tribute to Dr. King and his connection to labor. 

 Please join us at one of several upcoming events. 

FOLKS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!

STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES REGARDING NEXT WEEK’S EVENT!

First event will be held this Thursday January 4th at SUNY Schenectady County Community College Campus. The event will start at 6:00 P.M. and will be in the Stockade Room 102. Please see the notice below for further information about this event and check back soon for information about our next event to be held at the Giffen Memorial Elementary School on January 11th. 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! 

“At the River I Stand” Movie Showing and Discussion

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join us for the first of several movie showings of the film, “At the River I Stand,” which documents the events of the 1968 strike, Dr. King’s assassination, and the aftermath. Following the movie, there will be a discussion of how to continue Dr. King’s work today!

Thursday, Jan. 4th | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | SUNY SCCC, Stockade Room 102

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided! Can’t make it? The next showing will be held in Albany on January 11th.

www.cdalf.org | 302 Centre Drive, Albany, NY, 12203 | (518) 452-0404

 Thanks Everyone. Hope to see you there!

More Region 8 Holiday Happenings

Hi All, There have been many different activities taking place in the region over the last week or so and I have not had the time to post until now so, I want to send a little update with a few of the different events that have taken place locally.

First I wanted to mention that the Region 8 Women’s Program had their Lose to win finale and a great time was had by all. There was good food and great camaraderie. The participants in the program successfully lost over 70lbs collectively. Congrats to all for working hard to stay healthy. Here are some photos from the midpoint weigh in and the finale.

Next, Statewide and Upstate Caribbean American members had been working on selling raffle tickets with partial proceeds to go to the hurricane damaged islands of the caribbean.

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and last but certainly not least, the PEF Black Caucus upstate chapter held a meet and greet at the HotSpot in Albany last night, to discuss the upcoming activities of the group. Please keep an eye on this page for further information about activities around the MLK Memorial Events planned and in the capital region as well as events planned to coincide with the NYS Black and Puerto Rican Caucus weekend (February 16th,17th and 18th).

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2017 Holiday Meet and Greet Upstate Chapter of PEF Black Caucus

 

 

 

PEF Region 8 Cares

Region 8 members continued a Holiday Tradition yesterday by volunteering their time to help make a difference for the Capital District Regional Food Bank and their Holiday Hunger Appeal. Region 8 has been helping to raise money for this worthy cause for many years and this was no exception. Thanks to those who volunteered their time this year. It was as usual a great success as we raised over $1000! 

MargeretAnn Paszkowski(DOH), Sherryly Sperry (NYSIF) and PEF Retiree Bob Harms

MargeretAnn Paczkowski(DOH), Sherryl Sperry (NYSIF) and PEF Retiree Bob Harms

Cheryl Robinson (OSC), Sherryl Sperry (NYSIF) Mike Blue (Region 8 Coordinator) MargeretAnn Paszkowski and Retiree Mike Calaban

Cheryl Robinson (OSC), Sherryl Sperry (NYSIF) Mike Blue (Region 8 Coordinator) MargeretAnn Paczkowski and Retiree Mike Calaban

Same group with the addition of Jim Ercolono (DOT) on the right

Same group with the addition of Jim Ercolono (DOT) on the right

 

Its the Holiday Season

and Region 8 has been in full holiday mode with the Region 8 Holiday Party this past Friday night and the Region 8 Political Action Committee’s annual dinner with a legislator. I know that many of the divisions in the region will also be holding holiday gatherings and if you’d like to see your division’s photo’s on this website, send some along and I will post them for you.

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A crowd of 250 attendees enjoyed the food and the dancing!

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There was some line dancing!

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And of course some photo's with the Christmas Tree.

And of course some photo’s with the Christmas Tree.

By the end of the evening folks wanted a ride in Santa's Sleigh!

By the end of the evening folks wanted a ride in Santa’s Sleigh!

and last night we met with Assemblymember Santabarbara:

The Members of Region 8 Political Action Committee enjoyed speaking with Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara from Rotterdam.

The Members of Region 8 Political Action Committee enjoyed speaking with Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara from Rotterdam.

The engineers had to have their own photo!

The engineers had to have their own photo!

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Assemblymember Santabarbara, PAC C0-Chair Tom Comanzo and myself.