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Public Employees Federation
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Friday, March 13, 2009
PEF members fight to keep cancer research at Roswell
Buffalo-Research Associates represented by the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) who
work at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have been put on notice their positions have been abolished.
Administrators at Roswell gave layoff notices to all of its research associates last Friday eliminating 24
“This is in direct contrast with President Barack Obama’s commitment to find a cure for cancer,” said PEF
President Ken Brynien addressing reporters at a press conference today outside the institute.
“In his February 24 address to a joint session of Congress, the president singled out cancer research as a
priority, promising to commit significant federal funding toward finding a cure. Apparently, Roswell Park
Cancer Institute has decided to sit this one out.”
Roswell was the nation’s first cancer research hospital and has a reputation as a renowned research and
treatment facility as a result, in part, of work by its scientists and research associates.
“The administration at Roswell is putting cancer research on the back burner,” said PEF Buffalo area
coordinator, Kevin Hintz. “The layoffs send a strong message they are turning their backs on cancer patients
hopeful for a cure.”
PEF is calling on Roswell’s chief operations officer, Michael Sexton, to stop the layoffs and restore the
funding necessary for the research associates to resume their important mission.
“The administration at Roswell is committed to cancer treatment, but any reduction in a commitment to
research is a move toward giving up on finding a cure,” Brynien said.
PEF is the state’s second-largest state-employee union, representing 59,000 professional, scientific and
technical employees including 1,200 members at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
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