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Division 240 represents the professional, scientific and technical employees of the New York State Insurance Fund in there terms and conditions of employment

We are the 3rd largest division in PEF with about 1750 members statewide. This is a State-wide division with offices at Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Whiteplains.

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PEF Division 240 Survey

Coming Soon. A survey for PEF members employed at NYSIF! We look forward to your input – your participation matters! Update to follow…..

 

Alert – Reports of Union-Busting Canvassers in Capital Region

Alert – Reports of Union-Busting Canvassers in Capital Region

Dear PEF Members, In the last couple of days, we have received reports that anti-union door knockers have gone to the private homes of PEF members in the Capital Region. Many of these union busters have been shipped in from non-union states and they are spending the holiday season going door-to-door urging our members to leave their union.

While we know our members are sticking with our union, we also know that the special interests that pledged to spend $10 million attacking public employee unions will not back down any time soon. If you have an opportunity, check out the recent pro-union campaign.

I want you to know that PEF is here to support you however we can, as opposed to the special interest union busting groups that are sneakily obtaining your addresses. Over the Summer, these same subversives emailed all New York  public employees at their workplace and now they are  stalking our members at their homes. Have they no shame?  Please keep in mind that PEF would never release your personal information, such as your email or home address, without your approval.

Attached, please find signs that you can print out and attach to your front door to send a message to any would-be union buster: “Union busters aren’t welcome here, I’m sticking with our union!”

PRINT sign # 1          

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We want to tell these union busters “Shame On You,” so if you can, snap a photo of the union buster who comes to your door and we’ll post it on our “Wall Of Shame”.  Send your photos to:  UnionBusters@pef.org

We know our union is stronger than ever, which is what drives our dodgy opponents crazy. This is the campaign that never ends, but it is one that is making us stronger every day.  I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as we fight to defend our voice, our values, our union.

In Solidarity,
Wayne Spence
PEF President

 

Cuomo Veto’s Cost Benefit Analysis

From: Leo, Chris
Sent: Saturday, December 8, 2018 5:44 AM
To: Spence, Wayne
Subject: Cost Benefit Analysis Update

Sent on Behalf of President Spence:
PEF Leaders:
I am disappointed to tell you that Governor Cuomo has decided to veto the PEF Cost Benefit Analysis and SUNY Stony Brook retirement legislation. (Veto messages attached) (below)
Even though the measure was overwhelmingly passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature and overwhelmingly supported by both labor and good government groups alike, the Governor still saw fit to reject the legislation.
Please know we will pick up this fight again next legislative session, because nothing is more important than protecting our jobs from privatization.
We, along with other organizations, think the Governor missed an important opportunity to do right by New York State taxpayers, as this bill would have gone a long way to ensuring that state business is conducted with much needed transparency, while at the same time ensuring taxpayers are getting the high-quality, cost-effective services they deserve and have come to expect from PEF members and other  public employees.
I want to thank you for the phone calls, letters and emails you sent  in support of the legislation.  Your efforts were not in vain.  Legislative leaders from around the state heard our voices and will be working with us in the upcoming legislative session to get a new version of Cost Benefit Analysis on the books.
In solidarity,
Wayne Spence
PEF President

Sent on Behalf of President Spence:

Empire Center Opposes PEF Cost Benefit Analysis Legislation

By Ken Girardin

Ken Girardin is the Empire Center’s Policy Analyst, performing detailed analysis of data and public policy in support of the Center’s research work.

He previously worked in the New York State Legislature. He joined the Empire Center in June 2014.  ken@empirecenter.org   (518) 434-3100 ext. 103

The second bill, S383 (Robach)/A2202 (Bronson), would, among other things, require state agencies to perform cost-benefitanalyses before signing personal-service contracts with private firms worth more than $750,000. Instead of seeking “best value,” as state finance law now requires, agencies would have to prove the existing state workforce could not instead be used at an equal or lower cost.

Contracting with outside vendors can offer an attractive alternative to using state employees for anything from engineering design to information technology needs. State agency management, for instance, typically can’t have someone represented by PEFperforming work outside his or her title, while a consultant likely wouldn’t face that same obstacle. Contractors aren’t restricted by civil service rules and have more flexibility in promoting and re-assigning people based on immediate needs. And contractors’ livelihoods depend on the efficient delivery of a promised service, which does not exactly mirror the stakes faced by state employees.

The bill, a version of which Cuomo vetoed in 2012, is designed to create obstacles to outsourcing and privatization. In his veto message, Cuomo noted current law lets the administration consider “quality and efficiency,” something that wouldn’t necessarily be quantified in a strictly dollars-and-cents analysis.

It’s textbook rent-seeking by the Public Employees Federation, a government union representing about 50,000 mostly white-collar employees (and which endorsed Cuomo’s 2018 re-election after working to beat him in the 2014 Democratic primary). The number of state positions represented by PEF slid from 54,718 in 2011 to 52,335 in 2017, of which only about 50,000 were filled last year. Essentially any new obstacle stifling the use of outside contractors would ultimately benefit the union monetarily.

PEF has similarly crusaded against the expanded use of the design-build construction process, since design work is performed by outside consultants instead of public employees (read: dues-paying PEF members). A concession to PEF of this bill’s nature would signal the governor is backing away from these and other measures that have helped trim costs.

Cuomo has until Friday, December 7 to act on the bills.

Have you sent your letter yet?  Today is the last day to send support letters for PEF Cost BenefitAnalysis legislation.

PEF 2015-16 Contracting Out Analysis (1)

For the most part, consulting work is done by professionals, i.e. it is the work that PEF members would otherwise perform.

The Agencies included herein were those with the greatest dollar-amounts of contracted out consulting work during SFY 2015-16.  Unfortunately, there are some holes in the information.  While contractors are legally required to annually submit Form data, there is no current penalty for not doing so.

Nonetheless, as you will see, consultants are routinely paid more for the work they do, than corresponding State employees.

Obviously, while our analysis looks at the contracts, we cannot know what additional expenses the state agencies must employ to oversee these contracts, but we know that it is not insignificant.  This just provides further evidence of the need for Cost/Benefit legislation.

Nonetheless, and in the mean time, this is information that you may find most useful to raise at statewide Labor/Management.

Kevin E. Jones

518-785-1900 ext. 287

Director of Civil Service

Enforcement & Research

Public Employees Federation

 

What do YOU want to see in our next Contract?

Take the survey!  Tell PEF what your contract priorities are!   Speak to telecommuting!  Request our contract team negotiate telecommuting in the contract!

http://www.pef.org/survey

 

PEF Membership Benefits

PEF Membership Benefits Programs:

  1. Group Term Life Insurance
  2. Short-Term Disability Insurance
  3. Long-Term Disability Insurance
  4. Accident Indemnity Insurance
  5. Cancer Care Insurance
  6. Auto/Home/Renters Insurance
  7. Emergency Travel/Identify Theft Protection
  8. Free College Benefit
  9. Justice Center Benefit
  10. Legal Defense Benefit
  11. Discharge of Official Weapon Benefit
  12. Assault, Trauma, and Captivity Coverage
  13. Voluntary Legal Service Plan
  14. Financial Planning and Credit Counseling
  15. Purchase Power Financing Alternative
  16. Payroll Deduction
  17. Defensive Driving Course
  18. Exam Fee Reimbursement
  19. PEF Travel Services & Rebates
  20. Discounts on entertainment activities for you & your family

http://www.pef.org/blog/2018/07/19/pef-member-dont-lose-out-sign-today/

 

PEF PARADES

 

 

Post Janus Talking Points

 

While members wonder What the Janus decision means to them and Why they should remain in a Union, these talking points are a good place to start.

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https://www.labor.ny.gov/janus-guidance.shtm

 

 

PEF Executive Board enacts new policy for non-members as a result of the Janus decision

Effective immediately, PEF shall not provide representation to non-members except as required by Civil Service Law section section 209-a, as amended. Namely, PEF shall not provide representation to non-members: (i) during questioning by the employer, (ii) in statutory or administrative proceedings or to enforce statutory or regulatory rights, or (iii) in any stage of a grievance, arbitration or other contractual process concerning the evaluation or discipline of a public employee where the non-member is permitted to proceed without the employee organization and be represented by his or her own advocate.

PEF will not provide representation in the above-referenced matters unless the individual is an active, dues paying PEF member at the time of the conduct which is the subject of the questioning, proceeding, conduct, evaluation or other action at issue, and remains an active dues paying PEF member during the course of the representation.

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PEF Re-Commitment Pledge Card

Freedom to Join.

Click the link below to re-commit:
In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court will decide a case called Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, that threatens to take away the freedom of working people to join together and negotiate for better wages and working conditions.
PEF expects the Supreme Court ruling on Janus to be decided very soon.
PEF is concerned that the decision will be a negative one for unions and members.
In anticipation of this decision, PEF has created a “Re-Commitment Pledge Card” and is asking that all current and new members pledge their commitment for a year for the payment of dues.
This will allow PEF to continue providing essential services to its members and provide time to make a solid plan for the future.
 

PEF DIVISION 240 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

***Update, the winners will be announced by July 30, 2018.

PEF DIVISION 240 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Read below for eligibility requirements.

Scholarship applications, typewritten essays and College Transcript/College Acceptance letters MUST be received at the PEF Div. 240 P.O. Box 411, Auburn NY, 13021, by Friday June 1, 2018, COB.  Winners will be announced by Friday June 29, 2018.

PEF 240 Scholarship Flyer 2018

PEF 240 College Scholarship 2018 Application