Volunteers Needed for Relief Efforts in the Rockaways on Saturday November 17th

We are looking for volunteers to help in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the Rockaways (Queens) this Saturday, November 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The gathering site is:

Refuge Church of Christ

1837 Mott Avenue

Far Rockaway, NY 11961

Volunteers will be deployed into the community or to other task sites from here.

Activities may include onsite clothes sorting, supply distribution and neighborhood work: shoveling debris, taking supplies to the elderly in their apt high-rises, preparing meals for delivery.

Depending on the number of volunteers we have, PEF will provide transportation – leaving PEF Headquarters at 6 AM.

If interested in volunteering for this relief effort, please call Jane Briggs by noon on Friday, November 16th, in the PEF President’s office at (518) 785-1900 ext. 225 or email: HurricaneRelief@pef.org

2013 Flex Spending Account Open Enrollement Deadline Extended to November 30, 2013

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, the Flex Spending Account 2013 Open Enrollment deadline has been extended through November 30, 2012.  The online enrollment application will be suspended beginning midnight November 9, but will become available again on Friday, November 16, 2012.  You have until 10:00 pm on November 30, 2012 to apply for enrollment for 2013.  Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov to enroll, or call 800-358-7202 (select Option 1).

If you enroll after November 9, a confirmation notice will be sent to you in late December, so you will not have an opportunity to change your annual election after November 30.  If you wish to change your 2013 election amounts after you submit your application, simply submit a new application by 10:00 pm on November 30.  Be sure to complete both the DCAAccount and HCSAccount sections of the application (if applicable), since the new application will replace your original one.

PEF Members march in Brooklyn's Caribbean American Labor Day Parade on Monday September 3, 2012

More than 200 PEF members statewide joined PEF leaders at Brooklyn’s Caribbean Day Parade September 3.  The event attracted more than one million people. PEF’s float was designed to let the Brooklyn community know that proposed changes to NYS public policy could cause the closure and downsizing of SUNY Downstate Hospital and Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, threatening vital public health services to the Brooklyn community. PEF President Susan Kent thanks all the members who came out in solidarity to call on Governor Cuomo to meet with PEF leaders to find a solution to continue PEF members’ delivery of vital health services to the Brooklyn community at SUNY Downstate and Kingsboro Pyschiatric Center.

PEF Endorses the Re-election of NYS Senator Neil Breslin

PEF and Sen. Neil Breslin’s re-election campaign held a press conference Friday, August 31, in East Capitol Park, Albany to announce the union’s support for Breslin’s bid for re-election in the state’s 44th Senate District in Albany County.  PEF represents more than 5,000 working men and women in the 44th SD.

“PEF is proud to announce its endorsement of Senator Neil Breslin’s re-election campaign,” PEF Region 8 coordinator Nikki Brate said.  “He has long been a champion of working people, the middle class, public employees and the civil service system, often expressing concern about the growing privatization of public-sector jobs that cost taxpayers more money for the same work.  I will be working with our regional stewards, political action delegates, retirees and members to encourage them to, not only vote for Senator Breslin in the primary September 13th, but to work hard for his re-election.”
PEF Vice President Wayne Bayer said he has supported Senator Breslin since he first ran for the NYS Senate 16 years ago, and the Senator has never let him or his constituents down.  “Neil Breslin has been there time and again fighting for PEF and for working people.  Not only do we need to be there for him, we want to be there for him Thursday, September 13, so we can keep one of the strongest voices for working people and the middle class in the Senate for another two years.
Senator Breslin thanked PEF for its support, saying, “The hard working men and women of the Public Employees Federation are the foundation of our state government. I have always pushed to have state government be more responsive to the needs of all New Yorkers, not just the privileged few, and I am deeply honored to have my efforts recognized by PEF.  I will continue to stand with labor and our state’s excellent public employees as we work together to build a better state for the future,”.

Throughout his career Senator Breslin, a life-long Democrat, has consistently demonstrated his commitment to core progressive Democratic values such as improving the educational system for all New York children, helping working families, protecting women’s hard-won rights and making health care more affordable.  For more information about Senator Breslin’s campaign, please visit: http://neilbreslin.com/.