The Communicator
June 2001
The Official Online Edition of
The New York State Public Employees Federation

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PEF STEPS UP THE SHORT-STAFFING FIGHT

Against a backdrop of hundreds of pairs of shoes
lined up on the steps of the state Capitol,
PEF leaders called on New York’s elected
officials in May to pass
“safe staffing” legislation for nurses.

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Parole speak out


DOCs fights cuts


DEC relocation is trash


PEF Ad Campaign:
Stop OMH nightmare

Inside This Issue:
Features
THE DANGERS OF SHORT-STAFFING:
PEF hosts ‘Town Hall’ meeting on parole, public safety
PEF steps up the safe-staffing laws fight
Nurses' Station: Nursing’s image suffers
Cutting prison program staff seen as step backward

Departments

President's Message: We must make state see toll short staffing takes
You Said It: Members mailbag
Saving Services: PEF, grassroots coalition bash Bush tax-cut proposal
Retirees In Action: COLA good, but could be better
Legislative Action: Somos El Futuro
Health Notes: Act now to continue health benefits for student dependents
PEF online: Get your health benefits questions answered here
NEW! PEF Membership Benefits Program Update

Union Matter
DEC relocation threatens more than work environment
Members fight for contract justice at Albany County Probation
Federal tax cuts threaten NYS programs
Bill would boost educational requirements for parole
GOER eyes pilot program to cut commuting cost
FREE deferred-compensation plan booklet available
Membership Benefits Program Financial Statements
VACANCIES: Nurse Organizer
Two elected to PEF Board
OMH ad campaign: Placing mentally ill kids with mentally ill adults is bad

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