May 26, 2015:|
DiNapoli: State Pension Fund Reaches Record High of $183.5 Billion:
Earns 7.16 Percent Return on Investments in State Fiscal Year 2015
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) reached a record estimated value of $183.5 billion as of the close of the state fiscal year on March 31, 2015.
"The Fund performed well over the past year despite the challenges in the market," DiNapoli said. "We achieved a solid return on investments in the midst of global volatility thanks to our talented investment staff and our diversified asset allocation."
The Fund is the third-largest public pension fund in the country and remains one of the nation’s best-managed and best-funded pension plans. The New York State and Local Retirement System provides retirement security to more than one million active state and local government employees, retirees and their beneficiaries. Over the last 20 years, 80 percent of benefits have been funded from investment returns. Employer and employee contributions cover the remainder of the benefits cost and are determined by investment results over a multi-year period along with numerous other actuarial assumptions, including wage growth, inflation, age of retirement and mortality. The Fund’s long-term expected rate of return is 7.5 percent. Strong returns in recent years have resulted in back to back consecutive reductions in employer contributions in fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
The Fund’s value and rate of return in prior years is available online:www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/may15/nyscrf_values_chart_2015.pdf.
A graph showing the Fund’s value since 1993 is available here: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/may15/nyscrf_values_graph_2015.pdf
May 6, 2015:
Contract Talks Continue:Formal talks for the PS&T contract between PEF and the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) are continuing today, May 5th and Wednesday 6th.
The initial meeting on April 15th was very productive. The PEF contract team presented its conceptual proposals and the sides agreed on dates for future negotiating sessions.
As negotiations continue, PEF will continue to keep members updated through the PEF website and via our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter.
Also, sign up on the PEF website to Become A Contract Activist.
As we negotiate our next contract, your personal professional stories will assist us at the bargaining table to illustrate the challenges our members face and the value we provide to the citizens of New York State.
April 6, 2015:
Annual Membership Meeting:Friday May 22nd 12pm Room 137
A Pizza Lunch & Giveaways 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.
December 22, 2014:
PEF Leaders: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!
October 24, 2014:
Attention PEF Div. 211 Members!
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!
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
February 3, 2014:
January 27, 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.
See You on the 29th. Thank you for all you do for your fellow union members.
January 14, 2014:
Upcoming Region 8 Rally Flyer:
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!Workplace Violence Employee Survey
November 13, 2013:
October 25, 2013:
September 26, 2013:
Biggest Loser Holiday Program and 2013 Women of Merit:
July 29, 2013:
It is with profound sorrow that DMV PEF Division 211 announce the passing of Tom Myers, retired Div 211 steward and IT professional. Tom was a longstanding PEF steward and good friend of many DMV/IT coworkers.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends on his passing.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 11 am at McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany, NY
Contributions can be sent in Tom’s memory to: Double H Ranch at doublehranch.org. To leave the family a message, please visit McVeighFuneralHome.com
July 11, 2013:
PEF Division 211 Annual Membership Meeting:
Monday July 22nd 12PM
April 9, 2013:
Performance Advances (Increments) will be paid in administrative payroll dated 4/24/13.
Performance (Longevity) Awards will be paid in a separate check in administration payroll dated 4/24/13.
As per the contract: Deficit Reduction Program ends with the administrative paycheck dated
2012 Empire Plan Claims are due by April 30th! April 30th is the last day to filing claims for covered medical services received in 2012.
March 22, 2013:
Renewal of Voluntary Reduction in Work Schedules (VRWS); Alternate Work Schedules (AWS); Part-Time Schedules; and Telecommuting Agreements
VRWS RENEWAL and APPLICATION PROCESS
AWS and PART-TIME RENEWAL AND APPLICATION PROCESS
If you are making an original application for an AWS or a Part-Time work schedule, you must complete an Attendance Program Election Form PE-60. You must also complete the Attendance Program Election Schedule.
All of the above paperwork must be approved by your office manager/supervisor (at or above the Grade 23 level). Please submit your renewal to the Division of Personnel by March 29, 2013. Original applications can be filed at any time.
Please Note: If you are a part-time employee or an employee whose participation in the AWS program has been approved as a reasonable accommodation (in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act), you may not need to renew your application at this time. You must, however, contact the Division of Personnel to allow us to note that your participation in these programs is not subject to renewal at the end of each fiscal year. You must also submit a copy of your Attendance Program Election Schedule.
Renewal of Telecommuting Agreements
In order to identify all current telecommuting agreements for the purposes of potential audit and Workers’ Compensation issues, and to standardize the approval process, a Telecommute Request and a Telecommute Agreement for all current telecommuting agreements must be submitted, after being approved through the appropriate channels, to the Division of Personnel by March 29, 2013. (Forms are available from the Division of Personnel, Rm. 321.)
Please Note: If you are an employee who has been approved to telecommute as a reasonable accommodation (in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act), you may not need to renew your application at this time. You must, however, contact the Division of Personnel to allow us to note that your participation in this program is not subject to renewal at the end of each fiscal year. You must also provide information on the days and hours that you telecommute to the Division of Personnel, Room 321 by March 29, 2013.
Please contact Peggy Archambault, via email, or at 518.473.6439, if you have any questions or need additional information.
February 28, 2013:
PEF's legislative agenda includes:
Make Sure the Executive Complies with Required Negotiations on the Proposal To Keep DMV Offices on Saturday.
The Executive Budget proposes to allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to designate certain branch offices to be open to serve the public and transact business on Saturday. (S2608/A3008 Part D). According to the Executive Budget, this proposal would have "a neutral budget impact by offering employees the opportunity to work the same number of hours each with, with a portion of them on Saturday."
We (PEF) urge the Legislature to amend S2608/A3008 Part D to ensure the proposed language does not waive or impair any rights or benefits provided by existing collective bargaining agreements or to limit any obligation to bargain over the issue with inappropriate collective bargaining representatives.
Please contact your legislator to support PEF's legislative agenda!!!!
February 22, 2013:
You may have received a blue form, Nominating Petition for Steward, PEF Division 211, Motor Vehicles - Capital District, in your home mail. If you are interested in becoming a PEF steward, please complete the form and obtain at least five (5) signatures from PEF DMV Division 211 members ONLY (NOT ITS PEF members). If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Ralph or Maureen for assistance. We need your help!!
If you have an unused balance of Deficit Reduction Leave, this leave must be used by March 31, 2013.
February 11, 2013:
Saturday, March 2, 2013: 5th Annual Region 8 Women’s Program Health Fair.
February 4, 2013:
Special OGS Parking Distribution - The highlights of this permit program are as follows:
Complete instructions and the application form which must be submitted to express interest in receiving an interim permits can be found at under Temporary Parking Assistance Initiative.
January 31, 2013:
How to take a written test: Taking a written test.
January 28, 2013:
Thursday, March 7, 2013: 25th Annual CF Stair Climb.
November 2, 2012:
All IT Professionals:
Please sign your ACCEPTANCE (or DECLINATION) of TRANSFER and return it within 10 calendar days of receipt to both OITS AND DMV Director of HR Management.
If you have questions or concerns or wish to protest your inclusion (or exclusion) please contact your union representative asap.
PEF STRONGLY recommends that you sign your ACCEPTANCE of TRANSFER.
Further clarification on your PEF division designation will be determined at PEF Headquarters before the TRANSFER of FUNCTION occurs. Elected stewards from each PEF Division will continue to serve as elected union representatives at their new agency although they will be under the PEF Executive Board Representative from OITS. Those elected stewards who remain in their host agency (DMV) will continue to serve as elected stewards and leaders.
It is strongly recommended that IT Professionals from DMV who participate in this Transfer of Function, think about getting involved as union activists to represent and protect your interests!
Questions can be directed to Maureen K or Ralph M --September 28, 2012:
Updated information about IT Transformation: ITS Transformation - Updated Information.September 19, 2012:
IT Professionals identified as "Substantially Engaged" - Please notify your steward, division leader or state-wide board rep if you receive notice (required at least 20 days prior) that you are being transferred to OITS. If you see a roster posted identifying who those individuals are to be transferred, please also notify your steward, division leader or state-wide board rep.September 14, 2012:
August 28, 2012:
Important Notice - Civil Service Policy Bulletin on Transfer of Function: Policy Bulletin #12-01.June 18, 2012:
Saturday, July 28, 2012:
Sunday, July 29, 2012:
Tuition reimbursements available for expenses incurred after 1/1/12 - According to the GOER website there are currently no PEF reimbursements available for expenses incurred after January 1, 2012. Check for further information and updates at: http://www.goer.ny.gov/Training_Development/PEF/index.cfmMay 14, 2012:
May 8, 2012:
Thank you to everyone who signed petitions to support our (returning and new) DMV Division 211 PEF stewards & DMV PEF Executive Board (statewide) representative. We appreciate your support!
DMV PEF Division 211 Annual Membership Meeting to be scheduled last week in May. More information is forthcoming!
2012-13 Over 40 Comp Time II Pilot Program - those interested must re-enroll w/your agency HR no later than COB May 15, 2012.
Annual Workforce Team Challenge - aka "Corporate Challenge" will be held May 17th. Go team DMV!
Reminder: Nurse Lobby Day is May 22nd - PEF, NYSUT and CWA will gather at the Capitol in support of legislation to set Safe Staffing Ratios and Safe Patient Handling Procedures. Please come out to West Capitol Park at 11:30 to support our nurses!
Reminder: End of school year may mean end of dental & vision coverage for your students. If your child is age 19 or over, but under age 25, and is completing studies in May or June, loss of eligibility for coverage as a dependent child under your dental/vision plans. You will need to notify your agency Health Benefits Administrator of your child's change in student status and to obtain information regarding continuing this coverage.
Save the Date: DMV Annual Clambake on Friday, August 3, 2012 @ Birch Hill - announcement will be made shortly regarding ticket sales and PEF Division 211 rebate. Tickets will not be sold @ the door. 3.75 hours will be given to those attending the clambake. Updated information is forthcoming.
Save the Date: Annual Lou Matrazzo Golf Tournament sponsored by PEF @ Mohawk River County Club, July 29, 2012 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Contact Maureen for registration forms ($90 entrance fee - four person scramble - registration fee & form due by 6/29/12). Rain or shine.
PEF Division 211 supports organ donation: www.donatelifenys.netMarch 30, 2012:
The Training Needs Assessment (TNA) team would like to thank PEF Local 211 for their generous contribution towards the March 27th Leadership presentation. We were able to hire Dr. Birchak, even during the current fiscal constraints, because of your participation.March 6, 2012:
You may be eligible for some reimbursement from the union:
February 21, 2012:
For those of you who might not be aware, Region 8 is hosting a Lobby Training on Wednesday February 22 at 6:00 pm at PEF Headquarters. The training is intended to give activists pointers to remember in lobbying their legislators. The training is open to anyone in Region 8. Since we are asking all of our members to reach out to their legislators during this crucial time period before the budget is passed, this training was designed to help those who have never visited a legislator feel more comfortable with the process. Please pass this information along to your members and ask them to call the Region 8 Field office for additional information 785-1900, ext 228. Again, thank you for your continued to support!!! Also AFL-CIO Tier 6 Fight Back materials video.
President Brynien sent the attached letter to Governor Cuomo addressing the terrible toll that workplace injuries are taking on state employees, causing pain and suffering and also significant impacts on agency finances, staffing, and quality of services.
January 23, 2012:
Opt-out Program and Questionnaire:
Effective January 1, 2012, Davis Vision has become the administrator of the NYS Vision Plan, for more information.
This February marks the 41st annual Black & Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus weekend. As in past years, PEF plans to participate in the Caucus Weekend by sponsoring a booth at the Career and Business Expo and through membership attendance at various events. In accordance with the changed ethics laws, PEF will not sponsor a reception again this year. If you are interested in attending, for more information. January 12, 2012:
Free AED/CPR Training Class for ESP- Swan Street Tenants.December 13:
Any Division 211 PEF member who's been adversely impacted by flooding (Federal Emergency - Please notify Maureen K. ASAP!).November 16:
Read the latest details on the Deficit Reduction Plan. Or also internally, the Deficit Reduction Plan.
11/10/2011: SFY 2011-12 & 2012-13 PEF Deficit Reduction Plan: PEF Deficit Reduction PlanKey points:
Join Us (Thursday November 17, 2011): National Day of Action. November 11:
PEF members ratify revised tenative agreement 27,718 to 11,645. Read all the details at PEF.ORG. October 26:
If you haven't received your ballot please contact the AAA hotline at: (800) 529-5218 to request a ballot or replacement ballot. If You Want Your Vote to Count Ballots Must Be Received By The AAA On Or Before 9 A.M. November 3, 2011. Received Means In Hand, Not Just Mailed Or Postmarked By November 3, 2011. Only Ballots Received Will Be Counted. October 21:
Expedited Timetable for Contract Vote:
The right to vote on the tentative PS&T Agreement with the State is guaranteed to PEF members in the PEF Constitution. Balloting by PEF members on the tentative agreement, which was approved by a special meeting of the union’s Executive Board meeting, held on October 17, 2011, will be conducted according to the following schedule:
Contract Information including a summary of the changes negotiated in the tentative, a comparison of the failed and the revised agreement and list of gains and trade-offs is currently being mailed to all PEF members. The documents are also available below:
You can call 1-855-PEF-VOTE (1-855-733-8683) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and someone will be available to answer your question. If you call after hours, leave a message with your name, phone number and question and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.October 20:
Tentative Contract Agreement GAINS and TRADE OFFS:
Read the PDF. October 17:
The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) reached agreement with the state today on a revised contract that better meets the needs of our members.
The revised agreement will be presented to the union’s Executive Board on Monday, October 17. If approved by the board, the state will delay the effective date of the layoff notices that have already gone out to November 4. This will allow time for a membership ratification vote. If approved and ratified it will preserve the jobs of 3,496 PEF members.
The new agreement is a four year contract and now includes reimbursement for the 9 furloughs days payable at the end of the agreement." The changes we were able to obtain under this revised agreement address many of the concerns raised by our members," said PEF President Ken Brynien
"If the agreement is approved by our executive board and ratified by the full membership the jobs of 3,496 members will be saved," said Brynien. The revised agreement also includes changes to the productivity enhancement program which will allow our members greater opportunity to use vacation time to offset health insurance costs. These changes are revenue neutral for the state.
The four year deal calls for no salary increases for years 2011, 2012 and 2013. A salary increase of 2 percent is included for 2014. The lump sum payment that was included in the earlier tentative agreement would be exchanged to reimburse furlough days.
"The ratification of this agreement will demonstrate that our members are willing to sacrifice to save the jobs of 3,496 of their coworkers and preserve the level of service to taxpayers," Brynien added.
PEF’s Executive Board will meet at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie at 1 pm on Monday, October 17.October 14:
Why we defend collective bargaining:
By Richard E. Casagrande, Esq., NY State United Teachers General Counsel - NYSUT United - April 21, 2011
Wisconsin. Ohio. Florida. Indiana. Across the country, there is a coordinated drive to destroy public sector unions and end collective bargaining - the right of working men and women to stand together to negotiate with their employer about wages, hours, safety and other working conditions. The drive has gained strength since the last election, but it is not new. There have always been those who seek to repress the rights and aspirations of working people.
For much of our history, people had few workplace rights. Human labor and, more shamefully, human beings themselves, were often treated as commodities to be bought and sold at whatever price the market would bear. Indentured servitude was common in the American colonies. Slavery, based on race, was preserved by the original U.S. Constitution, and was not abolished until the 13th Amendment was enacted eight months after the Civil War ended.
It took 70 more years, enormous struggle, sacrifice and the Great Depression before private sector American workers truly gained the right to organize and bargain collectively, with the 1935 passage of the Wagner Act, named after New York's Senator Robert F. Wagner. By recognizing unions, the Wagner Act gave people a voice at work and the ability to obtain fair wages and decent benefits through collective bargaining.
New York has a particularly proud tradition of supporting collective bargaining. In 1938, our state constitution's Bill of Rights was amended to provide, in Article 1, § 17: "Labor of human beings is not a commodity nor an article of commerce and shall never be so considered or construed . . . Employees shall have the right to organize and bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing."
New York thus not only forcefully renounced the dark past of treating labor as a commodity, but declared that the right of working people to associate for collective bargaining is as fundamental as the right to free speech, the freedom to worship, and the right to equal protection of laws. In 1967, with the passage of the Taylor Law, this fundamental right was extended to New York's public sector.
Yet, today, the voices against collective bargaining are louder than ever. Governor Walker in Wisconsin, Governor Kasich in Ohio, Governor LePage in Maine, Governor Christie in New Jersey, to name a few, rail against unions and seek to weaken or eliminate them. Other politicians claim to support collective bargaining, but propose measures that would harm the right to organize and bargain collectively.
These politicians are supported by shrill voices on talk radio and in cable news, and by a shadowy network of anti-union groups, endowed by corporate billionaires. All share the same goal: Working people must work harder and longer for whatever wages and under whatever working conditions as are dictated by their employers, and they must have no right to stand together to raise a voice on their own behalf, on behalf of their families, or those they serve.
But, theirs are not the only voices. Abraham Lincoln not only emancipated Americans from human bondage, he spoke eloquently in support of the right of free working people to organize. Franklin Roosevelt, who led us through the Great Depression and World War II, said he would join a union if he could, and his Labor Department issued posters showing a defiant Uncle Sam standing behind the right to organize.
Dwight Eisenhower said he had no use for "reactionaries" or "fools" who stood against the right to organize, and who would see workers returned to a "hapless mass."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. argued there could be no racial equality without equal economic opportunity, and there could be no equal economic opportunity without unions and collective bargaining. Dr. King was murdered in Memphis, while supporting a strike of that city's public sanitation workers. Even Ronald Reagan admitted that freedom cannot truly exist where the right to collective bargaining is denied.
Generations of Americans and New Yorkers fought for the right to bargain collectively. Many labor pioneers were murdered, beaten, jailed or fired in this quest. The current efforts to deny this basic right do not reflect the American way, and they certainly do not reflect the New York way. Whatever success these efforts may have is sure to be ephemeral because, in the long run, Americans just don't take well to being deprived of basic, fought for rights.
Today, as New Yorkers, our right to organize and bargain collectively is under attack. We defend this right because whether you are a teacher, SRP, nurse, professor, police or corrections officer, firefighter, letter carrier, factory worker, plumber, retail clerk, or just about anyone else who earns a paycheck, you should never be told that you cannot associate with your co-workers to sit - as an equal - across from your employer at the bargaining table.
Remember, when we stand up for collective bargaining, we stand up not only for ourselves, but for our co-workers, for our families and for all working people.
We stand up for America, and we stand up for New York.October 12:
Division 211 Members:
It's imperative that we keep "big PEF" in the loop on your correct home email and phone numbers as PEF is moving towards using telephonic and computerized messaging to update members on the status of the contract negotiations. PEF wants to keep you informed! Please contact PEF at 785-1900 - Extension 255 (Member Mobilization) or Extension 221 (MIS Unit) to leave your current contact information. This information will be kept confidential and not provided to any other vendor.
For any Division 211 Members who's been affected by flooding, please reach out to PEF so they can provide resources.
Division 211 is trying to provide better outreach to notify all members on PEF updates and activities. We are looking for your help as well to better facilitate information sharing. If you are interested in becoming a mobilizer, please let your steward or union leader know!!October 11:
Contract Information Meeting:
Read the PDF. September 30:
The recent hurricane and secondary flooding has affected many members and their families. In an effort to obtain as much information as possible regarding the damage that occured as well as to help us in our response, we are asking our Regional offices in each of the regions that were affected by the storm and subsequent flooding to call Council Leaders to identify members who may need assistance.
If you know of affected members please call your regional office and if possible fill out the Disaster Relief Member Information form. This form should be returned to the PEF Mobilization Dept.
As rebuilding efforts start to take place, please remember additional services may be available.
Please contact Darcy Wells, PEF Director of Public Relations if you have been targeted in this latest round of layoffs. PEF is trying to put a "face" on the 3500 PEF members targeted so that the public knows who will be adversely impacted by these layoffs.
Before October 19th, do not allow yourselves to “go quietly” into unemployment!! Contact Darcy, your state and local legislators and let them know that you are being laid off! If you want to make an appointment to talk to your state legislator, please make an appointment and your PEF leader will accompany you if you wish.
Anyone victimized by flooding who was also now targeted – speak up!! Members working on clean up or at the disaster relief centers after flooding who are now targeted – speak up!! Members will to speak to the press about what losing their job will mean to them and their families – speak up!!
Now is your time!September 29:
Information related to Layoffs and Reduction in Force: September 27:
PEF Members Reject Tentative Agreement:
Read all the latest information and news on this at PEF.ORG.
Today, forty-five (45) PEF DMV employees from across the state have been given their layoff notices - an increase from the thirty (30) PEF employees who were affected in July - effective close of business Wednesday, October 19th.
For those members affected, please take a look at your packets provided by this agency and most importantly, return the "blue" cards - Agency Reduction Transfer List Eligible Card - back to Personnel as soon as possible. Personnel will be contacting agencies to see if there are available openings in your title(s) for transfer opportunities into another state agency.
Please also look at the Reduction in Force on our DMV website and look at the PEF website for further information on layoffs.
Personnel will be conducting local informational sessions in the very near future for those affected by layoffs.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.September 9:
Fall Blood Drive:
On Thursday, October 20, 2011, DMV is sponsoring our fall blood drive from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross Empire State Plaza Collection facility in Albany.
Donations of all blood types are immediately needed to make sure that the one hundred hospitals in the New York-Penn Region will have enough blood to meet patient requirements. It takes approximately 48 hours from the time a person donates blood, for that blood to become available for patients. It is the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow. The New York-Penn Region reports the continued need for "O Negative" (the universal blood type), as well as "A Negative" and "O Positive" blood.
As a reminder, the Red Cross informs us that the criteria for donors with a history of non-blood cancers (such as breast, lung, brain, colon, and prostate) has changed. The deferral period has changed from 5 years to 12 months.
Please allow approximately one hour to donate blood (the actual blood donation itself only takes approximately seven to ten minutes). Employees will not be required to charge accruals in order to participate in this important community service; however, you must obtain your supervisor’s approval prior to scheduling an appointment. Any healthy person, age 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. Remember, you may donate every 56 days.
Double Red Cell donation will now be offered at DMV blood drives. For more information please visit: http://dmvweb/intranet/oqd/upload/DRC-GenericFlyer8-5x11.pdf
If you are able to donate, please contact the via email, or call 473-6428 to schedule a time that is convenient for you.September 9:
Flood Victim Assistance:
If anyone has extra household items in their basements or garages...bed linens, blankets, comforters, towels, kitchen items, small household appliances, coffeemakers, vacuums, lamps ..also hand tools, electric tools, lead cords, fans, tarps, ropes, bungees, tents, grills..you name it, there's a need... let me know. We have friends and neighbors in the county, some who lost everything, and some with no insurance. Will be looking for furniture..beds, dressers, kitchen tables and chairs, etc in coming weeks. Also looking for spare backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils and other school supplies for all school ages, right thru college. XL twin sheets and bedding for dorm rooms...
The Carrot Shed in Schoharie is taking donations of these items. Salvation Army is taking donations. Red Cross always needs donors!
Please contact your local Disaster Recovery Center to donate!
Thank you!!September 6:
Contract Ratification Ballots:
Ballots for ratification of the tentative agreement were mailed to members last Friday (9/2). If you don't receive your ballot by September 9th please contact the American Arbitration Association @ 800-529-5218 for a ballot, they will verify if you are eligible for a ballot and whether a ballot was sent.
A number of spread sheets have been distributed that provide an inaccurate portrayal of the tentative agreement. In order to allow members to make an informed vote, we have provided spread sheets that accurately identify the impact of the agreement on PEF members from grades 1 to 38 with the methodology used to determine the impact. The spreadsheet includes the option of selling vacation accruals under the Productivity Enhancement Program to offset the cost of the furlough and the wage deferral. Calculations are based on members at top of grade and do not include the value of longevity bonuses, and increments including the parity step (which members at job rate are not eligible), all of which are preserved under the agreement.
For those who have not been able to attend an informational meeting on the tentative agreement, below is a link to an audio presentation by PEF President Kenneth Brynien addressing questions and concerns regarding the agreement.
Additionally, PEF has developed a comprehensive list of "Frequently Asked Questions"” regarding the tentative agreement. This list provides answers to common questions regarding the tentative agreement and how it may impact PEF members - from areas regarding performance advances to deferring enrollment in retiree health insurance.
While this information may provide general answers to questions concerning the tentative agreement, members are strongly encouraged to attend one of the many regional contract meetings being held across the state, click here for more information on regional contract meetings.September 1:
Disaster Assistance Centers:
In an effort to address the impacts of Hurricane Irene, New York State has activated the Disaster Assistance Center Group, a multi-agency relief effort that includes DMV. The Disaster Assistance Center Group is establishing Disaster Assistance Centers in each of the following counties: Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Nassau, Rensselaer and Westchester.
The specific locations of the Centers are being selected now. So far, the following Centers will be established, beginning tomorrow:
These centers will be open tomorrow from noon until 7 pm, and each day thereafter from 8 am to 8 pm (including the holiday weekend). Additional locations will be announced, once they are selected.
We are currently seeking DMV associates interested in staffing these Centers, and the Centers to be opened in the other counties listed above, particularly employees who live in the impacted areas. Please express your interest in serving as a site manager (for employees of grade 23 or above), assistant site manager (grade 18 or above) or a DMV information desk staff person. The managers and assistant managers will have responsibility for overall site management. The information desk staff will provide DMV-related information in response to specific customer questions. Please designate the counties where you may be willing to serve.
There will be informational packets to help employees willing to serve in these roles, who will generally work eight-hour days, including weekends and holidays, until the disaster relief effort is no longer required.
Staff interested in helping should respond to Director of Operations Joe Crisafulli as soon as possible, at email@example.com.
Thank you for your help during this difficult time.
Barbara J. Fiala, CommissionerAugust 23:
Congratulations DIVISION 211 PEF MEMBERS!
Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations: MyDMV and DMV Registration Authority Services for NY.GOV ID Accounts, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.
Best Application Serving the Public: WebAddressChange, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.
Green IT Award: Greening DMV, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.
Thanks to all those who participated in our "down and dirty" survey on the tentative contract. We received feedback on the survey and on the email distribution and we admit, neither process is/was perfect. Please understand, we cannot send an email to every member of this division - the email system is for DMV business only. We created the division website to provide information to members and to get away from sending email notices to our members.
Please visit this site frequently.
Here are the results to the sample survey: Would you vote to accept the tentative contract: 224 Yes / 234 No.
Thanks to all those who voted (especially to those who voted multiple times).
Please remember to VOTE on the contract when you receive the ballot in the mail around September 2nd.
Please do not make comments, suggestions, stray marks or deface the ballot in any way as this may disqualify your vote!!!
PEF will be holding contract meetings throughout the state and if you need clarification on the contract or want to hear details on the contract, please attend the meetings (which are posted on our site).
If you need anything, please give one of our DMV PEF stewards a yell.August 19:
2011 Capital District Labor Parade:
Read the PDF.
Before you vote, read the 2011-2016 tenative agreement.August 2:
See your tentative contract! July 26:
FAREWELL TO OUR EHS NURSE:
Please join us in wishing DAVE BILICKI a well-deserved retirement!!! Stop by the 3B Training Room, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to wish him well and say goodbye. If you wish to contribute towards a gift, see Steve France/Labor Relations, Room 530B by 8/2/11.July 19:
DMV Layoff Notices:
On July 18, 2011, the thirty PEF members affected by the Reduction in Force received a letter from our agency noting that the "change in your personnel status effective July 28. 2011 as a result of the reduction in force is hereby rescinded." Congratulations everyone!
We are awaiting word on the official language in the tentative PEF contract. As soon as we receive this language, we will post it on our site.
Please continue to visit the PEF website for future updates.July 8:
For those thirty (30) PEF DMV employees that have been given their layoff notices - please take a look at your packets that were provided by this agency and most importantly, return the ""blue" cards - Agency Reduction Transfer List Eligible Card - back to Personnel as soon as possible. Personnel will be contacting agencies to see if there are available openings in your title(s) for transfer opportunities into another state agency.
Personnel will be conducting local informational sessions in the very near future for those affected by layoffs.
Please reach out to Maureen K or your local PEF representatives for assistance. EAP Coordinators are also available to assist.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Please see the announcement of the availability of limited funds for tuition reimbursement programs for 4/1/11 - 12/31/11 and a flyer outlining the benefits. There was no new appropriation for the 9 month extension (grievance has been filed) and the funding that was re-appropriated from the 2010 - 2011 state budget was limited.
For full details, read the Tuition Reimbursement Programs PDF file.
For full details, read the Professional Development Programs PDF file.July 1:
In the event DMV participates in Reduction In Force (RIF) or layoffs and you receive a letter, PEF is urging all impacted employees to seek union representation. See our RIF link on the homepage as this information pertains to any layoffs.
Please contact your agency PEF representative if you receive a letter or notice.
Remember: Visit our Reduction in Force site and PEF.org for more information on layoffs.
Also, visit pef.org for the latest news including Contract Negotiation Updates and information on how to call the Governor.
Special Notice Update:
The rally to fight layoffs is scheduled to be held in Capitol Park on Monday, June 20th at noon.
Please join us in this campaign to save our state civil servant positions!June 13:
Save the Date: June 20th - join us the fight against layoffs! A statewide rally is being planned for June 20th and we need all DMV PEF members to come out and voice your opposition to the July layoffs. More details will follow as soon as announced.
Please write your local papers to voice your opinion on these layoffs and contact your legislators!
Look to the PEF website for new announcements.June 10:
Updated Contract News:
For all the latest contract news.
Prices are: $44 (chix); $47 (steak); $53 (lobster).
PEF Division 211 members & retirees discount: $20
See you all then!May 31:
Suggestions for Employees who are Offered Positions at a Higher Salary Grade Before Completing Probation and Becoming a Permanent Employee:
It is not unusual, particularly in institutions, for PEF members to receive offers to take a job, either on a temporary, provisional or permanent basis, at a higher salary grade before they complete probation for and become permanent in the job for which they were initially hired. Civil Service policy requires the agency to inform the employee in writing upon appointment, of whether or not such service will be counted. There is a discrepancy between the rule and policy as to whether the employee must first request an agency decision on this matter before they have to provide it in writing.
It is becoming more common for agency management not to count time served in a higher level title towards satisfying probation at a lower level title and to use such situations to terminate an employee through a probationary termination where management can more easily terminate an employee. Therefore, it is recommended that all employees who have not completed probation in their title and are offered a higher level position, before they accept such a position, to request in writing, that their time served in a higher level title count towards satisfactory completion of the probationary term for their current lower level title. Agency management must then put in writing whether or not they will count the time served in the higher level title towards satisfying the probationary term for the lower level title.
If you have further questions on this issue, please contact your local PEF rep.
Planning Your Retirement: (May 25, 2011) - For full details, read the attached PDF file.
Annual Lou Matrazzo Golf Tournament: (July 14, 2011) - For full details, read the attached PDF file.April 14:
Statement of PEF President Ken Brynien on contract negotiations:
Albany -The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) is very familiar with the tentative contract agreement announced today between Council 82 and the state of New York. The state offered PEF a similar proposal.
PEF has not accepted the state’s initial offer because it would impose an unfair burden including long-term hardships on our members and their families. The state’s proposal would require an average PEF member to give up as much as $10,000 in salary and benefits every year of the contract. Additionally, the state made it clear that accepting these concessions would not ensure PEF members would not be laid off anyway.
PEF has a counter proposal on the table that would achieve the savings the state needs for this fiscal year. We are willing to accept short-term hardships for what may very well be a short-term fiscal crisis. The Council 82 agreement in no way sets the groundwork for our continuing negotiations. It should be noted that the bargaining unit that agreed with the governor represents less than 1 percent of the state work force and is a very specialized unit that has been working without a contract since 2005.April 5:
April 2011 Increments:
Memo on April 2011 Performance Advances (Increments) payment schedule.March 22:
3/22/11 on the West Capitol Park at noon:
Tomorrow, 3/22/11 on the West Capitol Park at noon - please join our labor rally on behalf of the keeping the Millionaires' Tax in the year's state budget. Rally for public education.March 17:
Change of life expectancy tables:
PEF put through a cease and desist letter on the change of life expectancy tables used to calculate the value of sick leave credit used to purchase a retiree’s share of health insurance premiums beginning April 1. It was agreed that Div of Civil Service & GOER that the change will not be implemented on April 1st and adequate notice will be given to employees once the change is made.
The good news is, the value of retiree’s sick leave credits used to purchase health insurance premiums will not be change on April 1st and adequate notice will be given to employees when this change occurs.March 7:
2011 Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb:
Division 211 would like to congratulate all those members who participated (volunteers and stair climbers) in the 2011 Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb!! - Great job!February 23:
Attached you will find the following:
PEF is trying to reach as many members as possible to urge them to be active during this time to protect jobs and benefits. One way to do this is to hold a Tele-Town meeting where PEF will try to call all its members. These meetings can reach thousands of people at the same time through a web-based control center.
The meeting is planned for Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Here’s how it works. PEF President Ken Brynien will make the call and you will be asked to join the event by pressing a button on your phone. You may also have the opportunity to ask a question, which will either be answered during the call or with a follow-up e-mail.
And while you are visiting the PEF website, make sure you sign-up to received the Active Informed member (AIM) bulletins.
In addition, we are asking members to write letters to their legislators. A sample letter will be on the front page of the PEF website along with agency fact sheets. Members can use these fact sheets to obtain information for their letters. Facts sheets are both agency specific and general in nature.February 17:
President Brynien asked me to share the following information with you:
We learned late Friday that the Department of Civil Service is planning a change to the calculation used to determine the value of employees’ sick leave used to pay for health insurance in retirement. They are replacing the existing actuarial table used to determine life expectancy with a much more recent actuarial table use by the retirement system. The new table assumes longer life expectancy. This will mean that the dollar amount of an employees’ total accrued sick leave will be used for more years and therefore will lower the amount of the monthly credit used to offset health insurance contributions. We have been told that this reduction is expected to be on average about 20 percent and will be effective April 1, 2011 for new retirees.
The Department of Civil Service has confirmed that the threat is real. As a result, yesterday afternoon PEF sent a demand letter on the subject to GOER. This letter demands that the State immediately cease and desist from implementation of this plan because we believe it is a violation of Article 9.13(c) of the 2007-2011 Agreement and a mandatory subject of bargaining. We are also preparing a contract grievance along these same lines.
One of our concerns is that our members who are seriously considering retirement will not have enough time to make an informed decision about retiring now, under the current life expectancy table, or wait and be subjected to the new table. We are waiting for official notice which we expect very shortly before we go public with our members.
Executive Deputy to the PresidentFebruary 11:
Attention PEF Members: Showcase the services you provide!!
Proud of the work you do for DMV as a public servant? Now is your chance to let everyone know!
The PEF Public Relations Department will be at: Crowne Plaza in Albany, March 4, 2011 9am-4pm.
We want to capture your message on video to be used on the PEF website, pef.org. and in future Advertising campaigns. If you work in an uniform, please wear it!
Take the opportunity to look directly in the camera and let taxpayers and policymakers know why the Work you do is important for New Yorkers.
It will only take a few minutes but may make a world of difference!
Contact PEF Public Relations Dept at 785-1900 ext 277 if you have more questions.
Complete the survey to represent your interests at the PEF statewide meeting.
2011 IT- Management Development Program
For full details, read the attached PDF file.
To apply use the attached PDF file.
PEF Member Benefits Store and Updates Online:
Visit the PEF Member Benefits e-store.
Sign-up for monthly promotions and updates.
The sign-up will also give you a chance to enter a $2500 raffle for filling-out a five-minute survey!
Region 8 Contract Town Meeting Schedule
For full details, read the attached PDF file.February 1:
PEF Member Benefits Store and Updates Online:
Visit the PEF Member Benefits e-store.
Sign-up for monthly promotions and updates.
The sign-up will also give you a chance to enter a $2500 raffle for filling-out a five-minute survey!