DMV PEF Division 211

Capital District
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228

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April 11, 2017:

PEF Members:

As a follow to the legislative update that was sent on Saturday April 8, 2017, I wanted to let you know that the final budget has been acted on and signed by the Governor. While no budget is perfect, I have to reiterate that PEF did very well for issues that had been designated as PEF Budget Priorities.

Read More.

March 31, 2017:

PEF Members:

Let’s keep building PEF POWER!

PEF is taking a stand for workers, our communities health & safety, and the contribution of public sector scientists. Come join with fellow PEF members in the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, D.C. Click here for a flyer. Sign up at the following link to join our parent union SEIU and the labor contingent of the People’s Climate Movement to fight all threats to the health, safety and wellbeing of our communities! https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/climate-survey-0 or contact: mprimo@pef.org

#PeoplesClimate
#ClimateMarch
#TogetherWeWin



PEF has been assured by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations that they are working quickly to identify any issues and to make any and all necessary corrections as soon as possible.

As always, we will continue to keep you informed. Everyone is committed to making sure you get the money we negotiated for you!


Wayne Spence
PEF President



March 23, 2017:

PEF Members:

PEF maintained constant communication with GOER and the State Comptroller from the moment a question was raised as to the calculation of the retroactive raise. The Office of the State Comptroller has confirmed that the April 1, 2016 retroactive raise has been calculated correctly.

Retroactive salary adjustments are processed by calculating the difference between the old and new biweekly salary and multiplying that difference by the number of pay periods an employee was in active status in an eligible position during the raise period.

Retroactive adjustments are always calculated for the number of pay periods from the effective date of the raise to the pay period the raise is processed (taking the lag variable into consideration).

Please click here to see the Administration Payroll Calendar.

For our PEF raise, retroactive adjustments were calculated using the following dates:

  • April 7, 2016 through February 22, 2017 (23 pay periods) for Administration checks dated 3/22/17.
  • March 31, 2016 through March 1, 2017 (24 pay periods) for Institution checks dated 3/30/17.

Calculation example: (038356 is the factor used for this raise period) (New Salary x .038356 = New biweekly) - Old biweekly x 23 pay periods=Retro Pay

As you can see, the components of the calculation are somewhat complex, but hopefully this clears up a majority of the misunderstanding. Individual retroactive salary adjustments can vary based on changes in an employee’s status during the raise period. If you have any questions about your specific calculation - including how to calculate your biweekly salary - please fee free to contact your agency payroll officer


Thank You
Wayne Spence
PEF President



March 22, 2017:

PEF Members:

By now PEF members have started receiving their retroactive 2 percent salary increase going back to April 1, 2016. We learned today that there are issues with the calculation of that amount for some of our members.

PEF has been assured by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations that they are working quickly to identify any issues and to make any and all necessary corrections as soon as possible.

As always, we will continue to keep you informed. Everyone is committed to making sure you get the money we negotiated for you!


Wayne Spence
PEF President



March 10, 2017:

PEF Members:

Building PEF Power Worksite Meeting
Thursday March 16th, 11:45 am.
Room 137
Lunch will be served.
More Information.

Ralph Mabb
DMV Div 211 Council Leader - Eboard Seat #420



March 8, 2017:

PEF Members:

Great News!
The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) has released the Payroll Bulletin providing for payment of the retroactive April 2016 salary increase.

Administration Payroll – 3/22/17.

Institution Payroll – 3/30/17.

For more details see the Payment Schedule.

I want to thank the PEF Legislative staff for working to ensure the PEF Paybill was passed and signed as expeditiously as possible, enabling our raises to be implemented weeks earlier than has ever happened with PEF contract raises before.

Together We Win!

In unity,
Wayne Spence
PEF President



February 23, 2017:

PEF Members:

Great news! Even though the legislature is not in session this week, the PEF legislative staff was able to get the PEF paybill sent to the Governor today.

The Governor has 10 days (not counting Sundays) to sign or veto bills passed by both houses. Signed bills become law; vetoed bills do not.

Once the Governor signs the PEF paybill, the NYS Comptroller then has the authority to finalize calculations for disbursement.

As was accomplished this past summer with the previous one-year PEF contract, we will continue to update you at each step of the process.

Please check the PEF website and Facebook page regularly for updates.

In unity,
Wayne Spence
PEF President



February 15, 2017:

PEF Members:

Great News!
The PEF "Paybill" went through its third reading, as required by law, on February 9, 2017. Today the bill was overwhelmingly passed by the New York State Assembly. This means our "Paybill" A.4542 has now passed both houses of the legislature and should soon be sent to the Governor for his signature. Please check the PEF website regularly for updates.



February 3, 2017:

PEF Members:

This afternoon the PEF pay bill was introduced by both houses of the legislature and is now in committee in both houses. The bill's sponsors are Senators Amedore and Tedisco (S4076) and Assemblyman Abbate (A4542). The PEF legislature staff is working to ensure swift passage.

I will continue to keep you updated as the bill moves through the legislative process.

In unity,
Wayne Spence
PEF President



February 1, 2017:

PEF Members:

I have received confirmation from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) that the PEF pay bill will be released by the Governor’s office and sent to the legislature today. I will keep you updated on the process as it continues to move forward.

In unity,
Wayne Spence
PEF President



January 10, 2017:

PEF Members:

The December/January issue of the Communicator arriving in your mailbox this week is the last printed edition we will be sending to members' homes.

You are receiving this email because we have your current non-work email address. Please check with your co-workers and help us spread the word about the PEF eCommunicator by making sure we have their non-work email as well. Here is the link for members to provide us with their non-work email to ensure delivery of the eCommunicator. www.pef.org/ecommunicator-signup/

This new and and exciting online format will allow us to immediately add new articles of importance as breaking news happens, and to include more localized and regional stories and advertising, which will result in more opportunities for you to enjoy local savings and to stay updated about PEF and issues important to the PEF membership.

We thank you for your continued support as we transition into the 21st century and as we work to keep you, our members, better informed.


Contract Update:

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

Wayne Spence
PEF President



December 15, 2016:

PEF Members:

PEF Members Ratify State Contract With a 96 Percent "Yes" Vote. Contract News



October 28, 2016:

PEF Members:

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.

  • Ballots will be mailed out in lime green envelopes by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
  • Ballots must be received by the AAA on or before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
  • If you do not receive your ballot by Wednesday, November 16, 2016, call the AAA hotline at (800) 529-5218 to request a ballot or replacement ballot.
  • Ballots will be counted by AAA on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

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!

Wayne Spence
PEF President



October 20, 2016:

PEF Members:

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.

Wayne Spence
PEF President



October 4, 2016:

PEF Members:

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:

PEF Members:

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:

PEF Members:

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.

In Harmony,

Wayne Spence
PEF President



May 12, 2016:

PEF Members:

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:

PEF Members:

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:

PEF Members:

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:

PEF Members:

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



March 14, 2016:

PEF Members:

Please take the time to fill out the following survey.

Survey Documentation



February 26, 2016:

PEF Members: