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Hi Everyone, its time once again, to fight back against sections of the NYS Budget that would hurt our members and or retirees. Please read the following information from our main website and take action. After all, we win when we work together! 

Sent on Behalf of President Spence:
PEF Members,

The PEF Legislative Department, SWPAC and leadership have been actively engaged with our 2018-19 budget priorities (See Attached).

In addition to carefully analyzing the budget, preparing budget documents and providing Senate and Assembly leaders with pertinent PEF budget priorities, on January 24, 2018 I once again had the honor of representing the PEF membership by giving testimony at the 2018 Workforce Development Joint Legislative Public Hearing. Though my oral remarks were abbreviated, our entire written testimony was submitted to the Joint Hearing Panel.

Legislators that I have spoken to have already mentioned that they appreciate the continuous flow of information from PEF, PEF members and our legislative department. Please take a moment to read the attached and forward to members that will return a completed letter or make a local legislative visit for our budget member engagement. Making this a team effort will assist in stopping the damaging aspects of the 2018 budget proposals described below:

Click on link to send email letter:

  • Preserving the Civil Service System: The budget calls for allowing 300 people to enter high level positions within the ITS state workforce, without ever taking a New York State Civil Service exam. Selective tailoring of employment must be stopped and investment in New York State employee training needs to be resurrected.

  • Ella McQueen : Proposed fast-track closure of the Ella McQueen Reception Center for Boys and Girls in Brooklyn with only 30 days notice instead of the 12 months required by current law.

  • Design Build: This proposal increases the number of projects that can be designed, built and inspected by a single entity. State employees, whose only interest is public safety and quality of work would not be consulted. PEF will continue its vigorous opposition to Design Build because we know that without proper State oversight, design-build allows for opportunities to skimp on critical component materials. As a consequence, to save money, concrete that is supposed to last twenty-years may only last five years or the proper amount of reinforcement steel (rebar) to ensure project longevity can be overlooked when no one is watching.

  • SUNY Hospitals: Once again they are being targeted with a proposal in the budget to manipulate the funding support for SUNY’s three teaching hospitals by 78.6 million dollars and once again we will fight to keep our hospitals public.

  • Mental Health : Proposal to allow locally-operated jails as well as state prisons to house and treat individuals until they are restored to competency.

  • Medicare Cuts : If adopted, this would constitute a significant diminishment of established healthcare benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees enrolled in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP).

If additional information or assistance is needed, please feel free to contact PEF legislative director, Greg Amorosi at: GAmorosi@PEF.ORG.

Currently, SWPAC Chairs and PEF PALS are securing meetings across the state between their members and local state legislators. We have until April 1, 2018 and I would ask that you encourage your members to take the time to visit, email or call their local legislators with the information attached.

At the same time we are engaged in a budget fightback, all unions are bracing for what appears to be an all but certain ruling against unions in the Janus v. AFSCME case, but this will not hinder our resolve and our efforts to build a stronger union.

We know that our efforts to engage members more deeply in the union is not about any one Supreme Court case, so not only did we continue our membership engagement efforts – we increased them! We built a membership engagement campaign around two contract ratification votes. Our success was clear and resulted in historic turnouts in both votes with percentage of YES votes at 96% and 97%. That work now serves as our foundation to build more union capacity as we face new uncertainty about the future of labor in the United States.

As president of this union, it is my job to make sure we step up our conversations about pathways back to increased membership involvement and activism. With your help, we now have beat back the “con-con” attempt and PEF is now leading the way for fighting Janus.

What are some other things can you do?

Wayne Spence
PEF President

Some new Membership Engagement Opportunities


If you are interested in helping to build and strengthen our union in the face of Janus Vs Afscme, please consider joining us on the following dates and times: 

February 8th: click here 

February 15th: Please click here

February 24th: click here  

March 3rd: Click here for Training​ 

February New Stewards

Was very happy to see a good group of new stewards come to today’s training. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to learn how to be an effective steward and member mobilizer. It is critical that we all work together to strengthen our connections to one another to fight back against those who would weaken our power.

New Stewards learn about grievance handling from Field Representative Ed Bradley.

New Stewards learn about grievance handling from Field Representative Ed Bradley.

New Stewards Learn about Grievance Handling from Field Representative Ed Bradley.

At the conclusion of a long but hopefully worthwhile training day!

Region 8 Updates 1/26/18

Good Afternoon Region 8 Members and Leaders,

         Please see some important updates on issues and events in Region 8:

  • There was an incident reported to me as Regional Coordinator and as Chair of the Article 19 Parking Committee in the Sheridan Hollow Parking Garage. This incident was reported on the local news and in the report a women was approached at about 8 A.M. while waiting for an elevator, was told that it was a robbery and reportedly she then pepper sprayed the alleged robber. Upon hearing of this incident, we (The committee and I) commenced an investigation to attempt to learn more regarding the incident and what the states response to the incident would be. We have done that through direct contact with OGS management as well as contact with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and we are awaiting a response. We have been advised that currently OGS has increased the level of staffing within the garages in direct response to this incident. We will be following up this incident with a walk through and evaluation of the safety and security of the garages for our fellow members. In the interim, we are asking for feedback from our members and or from our leaders. If you have any information, suggestions or comments please send them to me ( for follow up with GOER and OGS.

  • Region 8 New Stewards Training is February 3rd and there are still spaces available. Please have stewards contact Andrea Coton at 518-785-1900 ext 228 and or email to attend.

  • There are still upcoming MLK film showings Next event will be Thursday February 8th at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Saratoga Springs, NY.  Flyer is here: 2.8.18 MLK saratoga final flyer

  • Last but certainly not least…SAVE THE DATE… February 24th will be a Janus Rally at Foley Square in Manhattan. Transportation will be available for members wishing to attend. Let’s show our power and our strength. Further details to come. Please check the website or PEF Region 8 Facebook pages for updates (Or alternately the website)

Thank You all for the hard work you do.

Together we win!



Hi Everyone, just wanted to share some great news I received today from the Hotel Trade Council (The union representing the workers at the Albany Hilton Hotel) 

Dear Michael Blue:

The Hotel Trades Council is proud to announce that it has signed an excellent union contract with the Hilton Albany, ending the four-month boycott and picketing of the hotel.

The agreement was ratified by the employees with 99% in favor. Management agreed to drop all of its demands for givebacks from the employees. Instead, the employees will keep their pension plan, and have won significant wage increases, improvements in health and other benefits, and additional rights and protections including new anti-discrimination provisions and the installation of a “panic button” system which will protect the safety of employees and incidentally, of guests as well from harassment and assault. The contract will continue through April 30, 2022.

The employees of the Hilton Albany and their 35,000 fellow members of HTC are very appreciative for the overwhelming support they have received from the Albany area labor movement, allied progressive organizations, elected state and local officials, institutions, businesses, the local community and the general public.

This boycott worked, and demonstrates that solidarity among fair-minded people can be more than a match for the power of wealth.

Now that this dispute is over we strongly urge all our friends and supporters to come back and enjoy the beautiful facilities and convenient downtown location of the Hilton Albany. We promise you will receive superb and attentive service from a grateful staff.


Peter Ward
President, Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO

The New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO
707 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036-7102