January 10, 2017:
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I want to make sure you have the latest information on the status of the retroactive and pay calculations relating to our recently ratified contract agreement. Please click here for this important update: Contract News
December 15, 2016:
PEF Members Ratify State Contract With a 96 Percent "Yes" Vote. Contract News
October 28, 2016:
With only one vote against, members of the PEF Executive Board voted this afternoon to send the 2016-2019 tentative contract to the PEF membership for ratification.
Over the coming weeks, PEF will be scheduling meetings around the State to answer your questions and hear comments about the tentative agreement. To learn of contract meetings in your area, check the PEF website and the official PEF Facebook page.
TOGETHER WE WIN!
October 20, 2016:
Yesterday, 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.
Your PEF Executive Board will be meeting next week. Further details and updates about the tentative agreement will be forthcoming, so please check the PEF website and Facebook page regularly.
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 yesterday with the execution of the tentative agreement by the chief negotiators. The contract team unanimously approved and recommended the tentative agreement for the Executive Board's approval and then, 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.
October 4, 2016:
Friday, November 4th 12pm, Room 137. Lunch wiil 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, Jim Parker: 474-3320, Nicole Cox 408-2856. More Information.
June 2, 2016:
The deadline is quickly approaching to mail in your contract ratification ballot. Ballots must be received by June 6th. Mail in your ballot today to make your vote count. A strong voter turnout shows PEF unity and means strength at the bargaining table!
May 24, 2016:
Thank you to the many PEF members who have already voted and mailed in their contract ratification ballot. If you have not done so, please take a moment to mark your ballot and drop it in the mail. Ballots are due back to AAA in NYC by Monday, June 6th. A strong voter turnout strengthens PEF at the bargaining table for future negotiations.
If you have not received your ballot, please call AAA at 800-529-5218 ASAP and a replacement ballot will be sent to you.
United We Bargain, Divided We Beg.
May 12, 2016:
In response to questions about health insurance in the 2015-16 Tentative Agreement, we've revised the Contract FAQ's to clear up any confusion. Please see below:
As noted in the recently mailed Communicator Special Edition, the 2015-2016 Tentative Agreement includes a 2% across the board wage increase, increases in funding levels for committees and programs, and no changes in health benefits. As noted in the gains and tradeoffs chart in the Communicator, there are some changes to the contract language to remove obsolete and expired language which is no longer in effect. We have heard that some people are concerned that the deletion of the obsolete language will result in increases or changes in health benefits. This is unequivocally not true. Please see the revised FAQs for an explanation as to why removal of the old language in the new tentative agreement results in no changes to your health benefits.
Q: Are there changes in the level of health benefits (e.g., types of coverage) in the 2015-2016 tentative agreement?
A: No. The tentative agreement does not make any changes to your health insurance coverages.
Q: Are there changes in the costs of health benefits (e.g., employee premium contributions, copays, deductibles, etc) in the 2015-2016 tentative agreement?
A: No. The tentative agreement does not change the costs of PEF members' health benefits. It does not reduce the amount the state contributes to the cost of that health insurance, it does not change the Empire Plan combined annual deductible, or any other cost sharing, including copays, under the Empire Plan. Empire Plan enrollees' out-of-pocket costs are not going to increase as a result of implementing the tentative agreement. These are the same costs that were made effective by the 2011-2015 PS&T Contract.
April 25, 2016:
Reminder. Wednesday is the PEF Div 211 General membership meeting. Noon, Room 137, Lunch will be provided. Members of PEF staff will be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming contract and the need to vote! Please call RMABB at 486-5876 or Jim Parker at 474-3320, or Nicole Cox at 408-2856 to RSVP. More Informatoin
April 11, 2016:
I'm writing to you today with great news about PEF contract negotiations. We have come to terms with the Governor and his team on a one year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2015, that provides 2% across the board salary increases for the PEF membership.
This unprecedented one year retroactive agreement is thanks to the hard work, professionalism and expertise of the PEF contract team, and the leadership of team chair Region 11 coordinator Jemma Marie-Hanson and chief negotiator Mark Richard. All exhibited patience, professionalism and expertise at the negotiating table.Our work is not done however. Now, the contract team goes back to the negotiating table to iron out the remaining issues, like health insurance, job security and salary increments for the remaining years of a new agreement.
Ratification timeline and other details are still being worked out and we'll get that information to you as soon as it is available.
Remember: UNITED WE BARGAIN, DIVIDED WE BEG
In Unity, Wayne Spence
Reminder. Wednesday is the PEF Div 211 General membership meeting. Noon, Room 137, Lunch will be provided. Members of PEF staff will be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming contract and the need to vote! Please call RMABB at 486-5876 or Jim Parker at 474-3320, or Nicole Cox at 408-2856 to RSVP.
April 1, 2016:
Bi-Annual Membership Meeting. Wednesday April 27th 12pm. Room 137. 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, Jim Parker 474-3320 or Nicole Cox 408-2856
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