Former NYSUT counsel receives national award

Bernard Ashe

Bernard Ashe, who served as NYSUT’s general counsel from 1972-1996, has been honored by the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section with its 2017 Arvid Anderson award. The award recognizes Ashe’s outstanding contributions to the development of labor law in the public sector. “Bernard really did so much to shape the union’s Office of […]

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Purveyor of poverty to run NYU Bookstore

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(Editor’s note: New York University has never been known as being worker friendly. And no one knows that better than Steve Rechner (pictured), president of the union of Clerial, Administrative & Technical Staff and a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors, representing private colleges. Rechner holds nothing back in the current issue of UCATS […]

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Retiree support key to Pellegrino win

If Mel Stern hasn’t returned your phone call or answered your email in a few months, don’t take it personally. As an active member of NYSUT’s Suffolk County Political Action Committee, Stern and his fellow PAC members had their hands full helping Baldwin Teachers Association member Christine Pellegrino, a Democrat, pull off a David-and-Goliath-sized win […]

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NBCT blog valuable for all educators

NYSUT’s Susan Lafond knows a thing or two about professional development for educators. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and works with statewide professional development training through the union’s Education & Learning Trust. Lafond also serves on AFT’s ELL Educator Cadre and is an expert practitioner and adviser to Colorin Colorado. Recently, Lafond added […]

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Technology, design and teacher’s good heart merge to help student

At the start of the 2016-17 school year, a new 3D printer was installed in the technology department at Whitesboro High School in Oneida County. Its capabilities, combined with the heart and skill of technology teacher Chris Jensen, resulted in the creation of a new prosthetic hand for student Virginia Davis. The printers are used […]

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First they came for …

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I met today with T and M, a Muslim refugee and a Mexican immigrant respectively. Those traits are important, but T and M are much more than that. They are sons and grandsons. They are geeks and athletes and writers. They are part of my extended family of former students. They are humans with all […]

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Remember and respond

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Last week, a work colleague courageously shared his parents’ story of surviving the Holocaust. Harold Eisenstein, a NYSUT lawyer, told how his father, David, who lived in Pruzana, Poland, was rounded up along with his wife and three children by the Nazis. They were brought to Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp in January of 1943, […]

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Educators to stand up for refugees and immigrants

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Educators in our public schools, colleges and universities are being asked to stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities. On Monday, Jan. 9, educators across the nation will hold an #EducatorsOut Day of Action to protect immigrants, refugees and undocumented students by supporting sanctuary schools and campuses. NYSUT members are encouraged to take the […]

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Sowing the seeds of activism

Left to right: Cicero-North Syracuse students Lydia Herter, Maddy Owens and Shaho Shwani, with NSEA’s Phil Cleary. Photo provided.

PAC coordinator brings students along as political interns North Syracuse EA member Phil Cleary, a NYSUT regional political action coordinator, always marks the holiday season with a legislative breakfast prior to the January opening of the state legislative session. The region’s NYSUT political posse did it again last Saturday with a union-catered breakfast that included […]

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Magee: DeVos would be ‘devastating’ to public ed

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In the litany of developments that have followed in the wake of Election Day, one stands out as particularly onerous to NYSUT members, our students and public education in New York State: the nomination of anti-public school activist Betsy DeVos for the position of secretary of education. NYSUT’s response to the DeVos nomination is in […]

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