New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) Endorses Michael Blake for Congress (NY-15)

New York, NY – Today, the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) announced its endorsement of Michael Blake for Congress, marking a significant turning point in the 15th District’s crowded primary election this June.

PEF is one of the largest public employee unions in the country, representing 52,000 workers in a variety of occupations, including engineers, nurses, accountants, and many others who are integral to the health, safety, and productivity of the Bronx and New York State at large.

President Wayne Spence said in a statement, “The Public Employees Federation is proud to support Assemblyman Blake’s candidacy for Congress. We are confident Michael Blake will be a strong advocate for all working people in the 15th Congressional District.”


It is an honor and a privilege to have PEF’s endorsement in this election. PEF’s tireless efforts in fighting for better wages, working conditions, and healthcare for its members should serve as a model for all serious advocates of working people. I’m ready to take this fight to Washington, where we’ll collaborate to ensure that every hardworking employee in the Bronx, in the state, and across the country can make a comfortable living, support a family, access healthcare, and retire with dignity.


— Michael Blake


Together, we #BelieveInTheBx, and we will work together to support the public employees who fearlessly serve us every day.




In 1979 the Public Employees Federation was certified as the collective bargaining agent for the members of the Professional, Scientific, and Technical unit of New York State. PEF’s first convention was held in October 1979 to adopt a constitution and elect officers, executive board members and trustees. Currently, PEF represents 52,000 New York State workers in job titles including nurses, accountants, engineers and many more. The current administration of PEF President Wayne Spence and Secretary-Treasurer Kay Alison Wilkie took office on August 1, 2018. PEF is affiliated with AFT and SEIU.