Are you proud of your union?

We’re in the beginning stages planning a campaign highlighting individual members and locals who are proud to be in a union. That’s right. No more shrinking from the label. Say it loud and say it proud. Union! Here’s a clip of a certain United MineWorkers of America president saying at NYSUT’s convention that if you […]

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A BOCES bunch


It’s been a week since the BOCES conference and I’m only just now getting the Flickr page up of the photos. I’m so sorry! No excuses, just a bad confluence of events, tech glitches etc. So check out the Flickr gallery to find a few of your friends.

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Out of the minds, hands, of students


Here are just two of  several posters created by sixth grade students of NYSUT and Kenmore TA member Joi Chimera.  I will get names of the student artists and add, but for now, I just had to share.  I just love how young kids can boil down a complex issue. Kids belong in a classroom, […]

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Give them something good to eat


This Halloween, Don’t Be Tricked by Halloween Treats … Take Halloween back from the gruesome grips of exploitive child labor by choosing Fair Trade! I just bought the candy I’ll give out from the Labor-Religion Coalition. Anne Kelly is doing the same thing and showed me some of the cartoons she’s handing out too. You […]

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New York Library Association celebrates 120 years


Saratoga Springs is the place to be next week as the 2010 NYLA Conference gets under way Nov. 3 and runs through Nov. 6. The association pledges to “turn up on the heat on library advocacy,” and no wonder, with so many school librarians that have lost their jobs due to state budget cuts. Some schools are now left with no elementary librarian to serve the students.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Andy. Andy who?


Andy green grass grows all around all around. All kidding aside, you never know who’s going to be knocking at your door. Pleasantville teacher Stephanie Chiafari and her husband Anthony are greeted by NYSUT VP Andy Pallotta last weekend. Pallotta was walking with the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body. The labor walks are labor members […]

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UCE of FIT in the house!


Okay, so Roberta Elins didn’t make it INSIDE the White House, but here’s the executive vice president of  United College Employees of The Fashion Institute of Technology  making strides down in D.C. The local just sent me pics. Check them out on NYSUT’s Flickr site.  Roberta Elins with her UCE of FIT sign in DC […]

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Heads up: School psychologists meet Nov. 11-13

“Heads up” – the universal slang for “look out, some person or news is about to arrive” – is certainly an apt expression in this case: the school psychologists are about to convene. As professionals specially trained in psychology and education, they bring a lot of information dealing with what goes on in the mind. […]

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Just click to raise a dime

Florence McCue, retiree of Yonkers Fed, just sent me this info. About 136 former cheerleaders got together to do a dance routine to benefit “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” (Breast Cancer). Each time someone views the video, United Healthcare will donate a dime to the Komen organization. Their goal is to get a million […]

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Another busy October weekend


This is the last weekend for 2010 Making Strides. Yes, our most northern areas of the state are the last to stride. Perhaps some year they will be skiing instead of walking? (That’s June and Ron Smith on their cross-country skis in the Adirondacks near Lake Placid. June is retired from Smithtown Teachers and Ron from […]

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