Workplace violence prevention program Nov. 30

How can you protect yourself and workers from the threat of workplace violence? It is the leading cause of serious injury and death in the workplace. To learn more, check out the session on “Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence” being held Wed. Nov. 30 in Hauppauge (Long Island) from 5-7:30. Jeff Hyman, occupational safety and […]

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What we spend

Rita Fischer teaches English as a Second Language in the Elba school district. She doesn’t keep track of how much she spends on her students. She does keep track of the reasons. Because students need: breakfast. “Before breakfast was an option at school, I always had fresh fruit available for students,” Fischer says. Everybody knows […]

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How many more shopping days….

until you celebrate your holiday? Hope you all had safe Thanksgivings and weren’t harmed in any of the shopping melees. I especially hope you got enough rest to be reinvigorated, because now things really start to ramp up. The Associated Press has this analysis about the current state of the economy. The United Federation of […]

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Be on Broadway Dec. 1

The New York City Central Labor Council sponsors a march for jobs and economic justice this Thursday. They promise no speeches, no rally because “it’s all been said.” It starts at 4 p.m. at Herald Square. Participants will march along Broadway to Union Square. They say it’s not just for the labor movement. It’s for […]

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When we gather together

Over the weekend, sure as there will be football on television, hunters in woods and a few turkeys catching on fire, there will be some discussions around the dinner table. That’s the way it should be. I know I’ll be having a few and wanted to get some facts. Thought you might like some too, […]

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UCATS at NYU needs 145 more signatures

The union workers at New York University want 750 people to sign a petition for a fair contract. Here’s a link to make it easy for you. Also check out many of the 605 who have signed so far and their supportive messages. Could you take the time to join the effort? Send the message […]

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Flood victims still getting great responses

Here’s three more updates about what locals and members are doing to benefit flood victims. The Middleburgh Central Schools Teachers Association, with 92 members, raised just over $10,000 to benefit the flood victims of the Middleburgh school community.  Members voted to match the $5,500 donation made by The Rolphie Fund to Middleburgh students. The Rolphie Fund […]

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Thank a teacher

StoryCorps has undertaken a national campaign to send a message of gratitude to teachers from coast to coast. Here’s a link to their page. New York state is already orange (that should make all you  Syracuse fans happy) but there’s a lot of other Northeast and mid-Atlantic states that are not!  Anybody have a message […]

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A $5 billion loss for New York

Click here for the full report from Crain’s about how the supercommittee failure to strike a deal could cost New York state about $5 billion in federal funds. Click here for the Albany Times-Union’s report. Click here for reaction from our representatives in D.C. Interesting report from the National Education Association last week revealed that […]

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A heart-warming Halloween difference

Thanks Lee Cutler for sending me this information to brighten my day. The 2nd week of October Stacey Caruso-Sharpe told her students in the Amsterdam schools about the film “The Dark side of Chocolate.” “They were really moved by the fact that kids their ages were sold and tricked into slave labor so that much […]

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