December 22, 2014:
Today, PEF and almost 1000 PEF members received notice from the Governor's Office of Employee Relations ("GOER") that the State is attempting to move their titles into the M/C class.
First, and foremost, you should know that no PEF member can be moved into the M/C class until there is a final decision by the Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB"). The process for moving a position from the PS & T unit into the M/C designation is involved and provides both PEF and the employee an opportunity to contest that designation at a hearing if necessary. GOER has the burden to prove the titles belong in the M/C class. In brief, for a position to be designated as M/C, they must formulate policy, assist directly in the conduct of collective negotiations or have a major role in the administration of such agreement, or act in a confidential capacity to managerial employees. Civil Service Law §201.7
The next step is that PERB processes the petition. This means they review it for compliance with their rules. Then, they will either mail a copy to PEF and we have an opportunity to respond or they send the petition back to GOER if is deficient in some way and give GOER the opportunity to correct the defect.
Be assured, we will be fighting this with all involved PEF departments working together. We will keep you updated on our response.
Susan M. Kent
November 4, 2014:
Region 8 Holiday Party: (December 5, 2014)
Attention PEF Div. 211 Members! Annual Membership Meeting, Tuesday Dec 2nd, 12pm, Room 137. A Pizza Lunch will be provided. You must charge accruals if you remain past 12:30. You must pre-register to attend. Register by calling: Ralph Mabb 486-5876 or Jim Parker 474-3320.
October 24, 2014:
Attention PEF Division 211 Members! Annual Membership Meeting, Tuesday Dec 2nd, 12pm, Room 137. A Pizza Lunch will be provided. You must charge accruals if you remain past 12:30. You must pre-register to attend. Register by calling: Ralph Mabb 486-5876 or Jim Parker 474-3320.
August 18, 2014:
PEF Membership Benefits Program Higher Education Incentive Program (HEIP):
The PEF Membership Benefits Program Higher Education Incentive Program (HEIP) provides individual PEF members in good standing with tuition reimbursement of up to $600 for one job or career related, successfully completed post secondary course at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2014 semester. It also grants a $75 book allowance for course required textbooks. More Information...
August 8, 2014:
All OGS Parking Patrons:
In the coming days, OGS will begin regularly providing employees who have completed EPPs with the below guidance related to the close of open enrollment.
Please be advised that the "Open Enrollment" phase of the Downtown Albany Employee Parking System implementation will conclude at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th. This date reflects the last opportunity downtown employees will have to make/update parking preference selections through their Employee Parking Profile (EPP) before the first round of permits in the new system are awarded.
We strongly urge employees to keep in mind that the first 1,800 permits will be awarded based off parking service dates and the preferences recorded as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th. It is important to note that employees will not have an opportunity to adjust their preference to a different parking facility in order to obtain one of the initial 1,800 permits after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th. Employees may continue to update their EPPs after the August 26th deadline but updated preferences will not be reflected in OGS call rosters until additional permits are offered after the system has been fully implemented. OGS currently projects that a significant number of additional permits will be made available in late Fall and regularly thereafter.
OGS will continue to update the Interim Status Report (ISR) each week with the projected parking service dates required to obtain permits until the close of open enrollment. The last update is currently scheduled for Thursday, August 21st giving employees several business days to make final decisions. The most recent version of the ISR can be found on the OGS Parking website at the below link: https://parking.ogs.ny.gov/interim-status-report-updated.
If you are being offered a permit, you will be contacted directly by OGS after August 26th via email. The process of offering permits to employees will be heavily email-driven making it important that employees have included current, accurate email addresses in their EPP. Please make every effort to respond to permit offers from OGS via email. Failure to do so will cause processing delays and extend the timeline for hangtag distribution for all downtown parkers.
If you are not contacted directly by OGS and offered a permit, it means that your parking service date was not eligible for permitting in the lot you chose as your preference. Please be advised that OGS will not be reaching out to employees who were not eligible to receive permits in their preferred lots.
OGS will continue to remind employees directly of the August 26th deadline over the coming weeks and will provide additional instruction as necessary. For further assistance, please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 30, 2014:
2014 Region 8 Golf Tournament:
July 29, 2014:
Leadership Development Programs for PEF Members 2014-15:
July 11, 2014:
July 1, 2014:
June 3, 2014:
Attention PEF Div. 211 Members!
Annual Membership Meeting, Wednesday June 25th, 12pm, Room 137. Snacks will be provided. You must charge accruals if you remain past 12:30. You must pre-register to attend. Register by calling: Ralph Mabb 486-5876, Maureen Kozakiewicz 402-2092 or Jim Parker 402-2180.
May 8, 2014:
A message from Susan M. Kent, President and Carlos J. Garcia, Secretary-Treasurer:
Our fight in 2015: A good contract. The PS&T contract between the state and our union ties us all together. So many important parts of our work and family life - our wages, working conditions, health benefits - come from the agreement our union reaches with the state. None of our gains and improvements have ever come easily. Progress on our issues requires pushing and prodding. It has been that way in every negotiation since PEF first bargained with the state in the 1970's. The 2015 negotiations will be difficult also, but together we will make our voices heard throughout the process. In the coming months, members will have chances to raise their concerns, set priorities and show public support for the contract team in this fight. Members will have the opportunity to fill out our contract survey or to send a message to or to attend regional meetings where there will be a discussion of members' contract priorities. Those steps go hand-in-hand with our public campaign to win a contract. Each of us will need to step up and participate in the campaign. We will tell our fellow New Yorkers the work we do, the important services we provide them, and why our families, like theirs, deserve a better future. More information will follow in the coming weeks as we keep you informed about our statewide, coordinated campaign to win a good contract. This won't be an easy fight, but we will stand together for our careers, our families and our futures.
February 16, 2014:
Meet and greet our New EAP Coordinators:
Louann Gapp & Randy Churchill, EAP Open House, Thursday - 2/16/14, 11AM-1PM, Core 2 Lobby.
February 3, 2014:
SOS Region 8 SOS Rally flyer information:
Please find the SOS Rally flyer for nearby offices and the Region 8 SOS Rally flyer with bus info attached. I have attached the SOS Campaign Issues piece from the PEF site.
PEF Division 211 Members, please participate in this effort and complete the survey!! We need everyone's input to address the potential incidence of Workplace Violance. Thank you!