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Regional Update March 9, 2018

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Wanted to provide everyone an update regarding several events and issues important to the region:

  • Member Engagement Training originally scheduled for March 3rd has been rescheduled to Saturday March 17th (Yes, we know its St Patty’s Day, but its early in the day )  to sign up for this training follow this link: Click here for Training​ 

  • PEF-AFT-Member-Engagement-Training-Flyer 3.17.18-page-001For a copy of flyer to post go here: PEF-AFT-Member-Engagement-Training-Flyer 3.17.18

  • The Region 8 PAC Legislative Breakfast is Tuesday March 27th at 8:00 AM to 10:00AM at the Albany Room of the Empire State Plaza. If you would like to attend, please notify Andrea Coton ( or 518-785-1900 x228) before March 15th.

  • April Leadership Conference is now full. Thanks to all those who have signed up. It should be a very educational and motivational event and I look forward to seeing you all there.

  • We are still asking all members to participate in our Political Action on the Governor’s Proposed Budget. There are many egregious proposals in the budget including another attempt to hire 300 Special Expertise positions within the ITS Agency. These positions would allow management to circumvent Civil Service law and hire many of the state’s current consultants directly into upper level (Grades 23, 25, 27 and 29)  positions within the agency, without examination and without following the same process that existing state employees must follow for promotion. To take action to prevent the implementation of this and many other portions of the Governor’s proposed budget that are harmful to our active and or retired members, please follow this link:

Thanks Very Much,


Emergency/Urgent Update

tomorrow’s ( Saturday March 3rd, 2018)   Member Engagement Training is Cancelled.

It seems that our Member Engagement Campaign is destined to face many obstacles and challenges. Given that the weather service is calling for an additional 4 to 8 inches with the snows expected to continue falling until 3:00 AM. We are cancelling the training originally scheduled for tomorrow and planning to offer it on March 17th. Hopefully, all of those who had planned to attend tomorrow will be able make it on the new date. We truly appreciate your dedication and commitment to our union and we hope that everyone stays safe in this weather.

In solidarity and appreciation,

Mike Blue, Dan Carpenter and Richard O’Brien


Region 8 Update

Good Afternoon Region 8

Wanted to let you all know about the happenings around the region.

  1. Tomorrow (Saturday February 24th, 2018) Is the Working Peoples Day of Action Rally in Foley Square Manhattan. The bus still has a  precious few spaces available. if you would like to go, please text me at 518-212-7270 and I will let you know if we can accomodate you and/or  click here if you’d like to try to RSVP instead.  (Bus leaves at 6:30am from the Macy’s Overflow lot at Crossgates.) 

  2. There is a rally here in the Capital District on Monday at the Empire State Plaza at noon in the Meeting Rooms (Just outside the Egg). Please join us if you can. It is one way to show support for one another and our union. Please see Further info here: Albany-Rally-Feb-26-Flyer

  3. There is a Training Class open to all members interested in helping to unify and strengthen our union next Saturday March 3rd.  To RSVP for this class go here: March 3rd Training Further information is here: PEF AFT Member Engagement Training Flyer-page-001 To Download a copy of this flyer go here: PEF AFT Member Engagement Training Flyer

    Thanks, Sincerely, MIke

Region 8 Updates

Hi Folks: I have received a lot of inquiries about the February 24th Working People’s Day of Action and the Stand Strong For Labor Rally on February 26th,  consequently, I wanted to share this information from PEF’s main website about two separate opportunities available for us to demonstrate our commitment to our union and the great things we’ve gained through our struggles, like great benefits, fair pay, a pension and safer workplaces. 

If you are able to travel to NY City on Saturday February 24th to help show the supreme court, the president and all those who seek to diminish our ability to collectively bargain here is the information about that: (Make sure to scroll down if you are interested in the Stand Strong Rally, instead.)


PEF Members: Join the Working People’s Day of Action in NYC. 
Thousands of working people and our allies will be standing up for our freedoms and demanding an end to the system that’s rigged against us. Saturday, February 24th at 11:00 AM • 111 Worth St. – Foley Square – NYC.
Need a ride to the rally? PEF is offering free transportation to the rally.
Albany Bus Schedule and to RSVP CLICK HERE
• 6:30AM-Pick Up Crossgates (Macy’s end, overflow lot)
• 7:45AM-Pick Up  Newburgh Mall  (1401 NY-300, Newburgh NY, 12550)
• 8:30AM-Pick Up  Exit 14 Park and Ride( 11 S. Pascack Road, Spring Valley, NY 10977)
• 9:45AM-Drop Off  Foley Square.  (111 Worth Street, NY, NY 10013)   * Exact point will be decided on arrival
• 3:00PM-Pick Up  Foley Square (111 Worth Street, NY, NY 10013) * Exact point will be agreed upon on arrival
• 4:30 PM-Drop Off  Exit 14 Park and Ride (11 S. Pascack Road, Spring Valley, NY 10977)
• 5:15PM-Drop Off  Newburgh Mall (1401 NY-300, Newburgh, NY 12550)
• 6:30PM-Drop Off  Crossgates (Macy’s end overflow lot)


If you would like to show your support for our union and you can’t make it to NYC on the 24th, here is the information about the Stand Strong for Labor Rally:


Hope to see you out there standing together to keep our union strong!

PEF’s activities at this weekends New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican legislators conference

Hi Everyone,

Wanted to let you all know about the activities coming up this weekend in Albany at the NYS ABPRL Conference:

First, there is the PEF Black Caucus Reception this Friday night, which is open to all members. It is a great event and this year looks to be very interesting. Hope to see everyone there. pef black caucus event flyer 2018-page-001

If you need a copy of the flyer go here: pef black caucus event flyer 2018

On Saturday, PEF is sponsoring several events and a booth. That information is below.

NYSABPR Conference Event Flyer 2018-page-001

For a copy of the flyer go here: NYSABPR Conference Event Flyer 2018


In addition to PEF’s sponsored events, the weekend has many other educational and lobbying opportunities. For more information please go to the NYS ABPRL Website here: