March 2007 quicknote



                             March 2007


Don Morgenstern   PEF Council Leader   ext. 1362   



A PEF membership meeting will be held on Wednesday March 28 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM in Sodexho Court at the back of the cafeteria.  Lunch will be provided for PEF members who attend.  Among the topics to be discussed are Contract talks and what might occur if our contract ends, pay increases, Nurse Rally Day, the PEF Convention, and Member Mobilization.  As always, you will be given the opportunity to tell your local PEF leadership about any workplace problems or complaints.



PEF’s annual Nurse Lobby Day will be held on May 22. We will have a bus leaving from Downstate to bring us to Albany and back and all meals will be supplied by PEF.  Once in Albany we will be briefed by PEF leadership and we will be assigned to small groups.  Each group will then have scheduled appointments with Legislators so that we can tell them what issues affecting Nurses are important to us.  For the past few years Downstate has sent the largest number of RNs to Lobby Day of any State facility and I would love to keep that record intact.  If you are interested in attending and are off on May 22, call me at ext. 1362 or put your name on one of the signup sheets that will be sent around shortly.



SUNY Downstate Medical Center will conduct its first Centerwide Employee Satisfaction Survey beginning Wednesday, March 21, 2007.  Envelopes containing the official Survey document, a letter to you explaining the process and identifying your work group number, a raffle ticket and a Downstate button will be distributed with your paycheck/pay stub.  You have until Monday, April 2, 2007 to complete the survey.  Supervisors are required to provide release time to all employees who wish to participate in the Survey.  As your Union head I was involved in the planning for this survey, ensuring fairness in the questions and ensuring complete confidentiality, and I strongly encourage all PEF members to fill out and return the surveys. 



PEF’s annual Convention will be held from September 16 – 19, 2007 at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.  We are allowed to send 12 additional delegates (As a PEF Eboard member I am an automatic delegate.)  PEF provides overnight hotel accommodations (or a $60/night allowance if you choose to stay at home), meal money, and Employee Organization Leave in order to attend.  Nominating petitions will be available on April 2 and must be returned to PEF by April 23.  If an election is required ballots will be mailed out on May 11.  This is not limited only to Stewards and local PEF Officers, but is open to all PEF members and I encourage you to try to become a delegate.  The work done at Convention sets the direction and priorities of the Union for the coming year.  If you have questions about what occurs at Convention or how to become a delegate, call me at ext. 1362.