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Today is, as A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh so famously said, “a rather blustery day.” Snowflakes are flying, adding to the hefty drifts already covering the ground. The evergreen branches are host to drapes of snow. Outside my window at NYSUT headquarters, a flock of birds frantically pluck at berries from a tree. The hulking [...]

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Tarrytown ‘First Book’ a big hit


NYSUT locals across the state have been successfully participating in the First Book Challenge project. Thousands of new books have been given away to children, thanks to local unions. One of the latest First Book giveaways was in Tarrytown area, where NYSUT Regional Staff Director Marc Laffer was on hand. Here is Laffer’s impression of [...]

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

The number of Pearl Harbor survivors is dwindling. Yet, that does not diminish the historical importance or solemn memory of that day, December 7, 1941, which President Roosevelt declared would be a day that “would live in infamy.” As Pearl Harbor ceremonies took place in Hawaii yesterday, NYSUT today remembers with honor and dignity the [...]

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Remembering — and fighting again — pregnancy discrimination


Today’s Supreme Court oral hearings in the case of Peggy Young vs. UPS are about the rights of a pregnant woman on the job. This case is about workers’ rights. Women’s rights. Peggy Young was forced out of her job because she was pregnant. Many organizations are rallying today outside the Supreme Court in Washington, [...]

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Recommitting to solving HIV/AIDS; helping those with illness


Today is World AIDS Day, and there is much to be grateful for (advances in care), much to do (supporting those with HIV, educating people about it), and much to know. This year’s theme for World Aids Day is Focus, Partner and Achieve. Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infections Disease [...]

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Gratitude gets real: one teacher’s tale


Hamburg teacher James Gang took some time off from shoveling this morning to talk about gratitude in honor of the holiday for giving thanks. Although he’s spent much of the last 10 days shoveling different properties – school has been closed ever since six feet of snow was dumped in his town, shutting down roads, [...]

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Early Childhood Staff Union fights for first contract

The Early Childhood Staff Union, which represents about 350 workers at 19 Head Start and Early Head Start sites across Erie County, are waging a fight to secure union members their first contract. The ECSU represents teachers and substitute teachers, family partners, home visitors, nutrition associates and maintenance personnel who are employees of the Community [...]

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NYSUT is saddened to announce the passing of Mark Anthony Famiglietti on Oct. 11. Mark was a retired high school English teacher in Rhinebeck, New York. He was a staunch union advocate; and served as president of the Rhinebeck Teachers Association for 28 years. Contributions in Mark’s memory can be made to the Boys & [...]

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A day for pink


NYSUT officers and staff at the union’s headquarters in Latham showed their heartfelt support for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts by wearing pink to work. The special dress down day and a raffle on Wednesday raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research. Many staff members are themselves cancer survivors or have family [...]

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NYSUT stands in support of South Burlington educators


UPDATE OCT. 20: SBEA members vote to approve the contract. UPDATE OCT. 19: Tentative agreement reached; school set to open Monday. NYSUT stood strong with sisters and brothers in Vermont Wednesday as the South Burlington Educators Association entered day two of their strike in protest of failed contract negotiations and unfair labor practices. Pictured above, [...]

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