Welcome to the official website of the New York State Public Employee Conference (NYSPEC)!
The following Message to Our Government Officials was delivered on February 4, 2020, at NYSPEC’s Annual Legislative Breakfast in Albany, New York, an event at which hundreds of government officials and their staffs and NYSPEC members were in attendance:
On behalf of the Co-Chairs, Trustees, Directors and, most importantly, the members, of the New York State Public Employee Conference, it is my honor and privilege to welcome you to our 43rd annual Legislative Breakfast. We host this event each year to give you, our government officials, an opportunity to see, firsthand, the broad spectrum of our membership, and to better understand our legislative goals.
Our Conference was formed in 1977 with just 13 member unions, and because of the tenacious representation of our members we have grown significantly, and can now boast more than 84 member unions!
For the past several years we have stressed the importance of unity in the labor movement, particularly with respect to public employee unions, and why that is even more important in today's political climate. Two years ago, the issue of paramount importance to our members was the federal case of Janus v. AFSCME, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled against the union; we are remaining vigilant to related cases issues and their potential impact on public employees. We thank you for your support of the protections included in 2018's adopted budget which helped to forestall the most egregious effects of Janus. This year, again, one of our major concerns is the impact on unions of single payer health care, and we continue to examine the issue and its ramifications to public employees.
We, as an umbrella organization, have been and are fighting the erosion of public employee benefits on many fronts. We commit to redoubling our endeavors to ensure that positive legislation beneficial to all public employees is passed into law. We appeal to you to carefully consider the impact of all legislative proposals on our members, who continue to show their commitment to the people of this state. The issues encapsulated in this booklet were developed and unanimously approved by all the unions comprising our conference.
Generally speaking, the New York State legislature has been supportive of our legislative agenda, chiefly because it is essentially an agenda of fairness for the people who come to work every day for the improvement of the public good. The New York State Public Employee Conference commits to continue working in harmony with you, our elected officials - yourselves dedicated public employees - to obtain positive results for our membership.