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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Passings

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

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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

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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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(Purple) Lights, cameras, action against domestic violence

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Right now, purple lights are streaming on buildings across New York as companies, organizations and people join in the campaign “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.” It’s far more than show: it is solidarity, it is awareness, and it is a call to victims to come forward and find help. Purple can pierce the dark. [...]

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Utica-area unionists make waves for ‘Strides’

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The Riveredge conference hotel sits right on the water in Alexandria Bay, a long stone’s throw across the St. Lawrence Seaway from Boldt Castle. The largest tanker sliding by on its way from Cleveland, Detroit or Duluth to the North Atlantic never made waves like the ones that rocked the hotel’s dining room Saturday night. [...]

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National poll shows broad support for union positions on education issues

Read and share the results of this poll that Paul Harstad did for Democrats for Public Education. It shows broad based support for the union on education issues. Some highlights: Roughly 2/3 of Americans agree with traditionally Democratic positions when it comes to education – especially when it comes to overwhelming support for neighborhood schools [...]

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Shout it from the mountaintops: VOTE!

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June 1964 Dear Mom and Dad I have arrived safely in Meridian, Mississippi. This is a wonderful town and the weather is fine.  I wish you were here. The people in this city are wonderful and our reception was very good. All my love, Andy Andrew Goodman had arrived. A student at Queens College, he [...]

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In the North Country, local unions take action with apples

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Kathryn Brown of the Chazy Teachers Association and NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta flank a sign opposing overtesting, at the “All Together Fall” education festival in Plattsburgh, held the last Saturday of September. The annual outdoor event is sponsored by teachers associations from local education unions in the North Country, and by the Northeast [...]

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Volunteers ready to unpack, stack First Books

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Students in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES “School to Work” program (see photo) fold and count “Leaders for Literacy” event shirts and practice how to count and stack the books that will arrive Tuesday as part of First Book’s Truckload Challenge. Volunteers and educators from WSWHE and NYSUT are getting ready to hand out 42,000 free books [...]

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