Badges of honor

As Ellen Schuler Mauk’s delegate badge makes clear, these credentials can read like road maps of union activism. Her badge indicates her role as a NYSUT Board member as well as president of the Faculty Association of  Suffolk Community College.

And because NYSUT’s VOTE-COPE committee made a strategic decision this year, the delegate badges are trimmed with a new flourish.  Instead of awarding metal pins to those whose locals achieve extraordinary levels of VOTE-COPE contributions, delegates now sport ribbons recognizing the accomplishment instead. “The ribbons are more economical,” said Schuler Mauk.”And every little bit helps VOTE-COPE,” NYSUT’s political action fund.

Another sentiment of solidarity comes through loud and clear on a red button that proclaims: “We are ALL Wisconsin!”

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