Have you seen the videos from the RA’s opening session?

From “Reclaim the Dream” to NYSUT award winners to the recent school budget television ad, they’re all here. More videos to come.

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Memories of Jeff and Judy

Two members of the NYSUT Board of Directors passed away earlier this year. Both were from Long Island and NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi shared with RA delegates personal recollections of Jeff Rozran and Judith Rudman. “Anyone who ever walked along the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow is certain to have met Jeff and his wife, Luanne, […]

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Weekend for workers memorials

It’s a time to pay respect to sisters and brothers in New York who died on the job this year — more than 100, with their stories sent out on the wings of time. Perhaps you knew, or heard of, the heavy equipment operator, the bridge inspector, the roofer, the loggers, the farmer, the snowmaker, […]

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Budget cuts hurt in Corning-Painted Post

Thanks to our Southern Tier readers – especially Corning Teachers Association President Richard Gallant – for alerting us to the sad news that the Corning-Painted Post schools school board had to cut many electives and non-mandated courses to stay within their tax levy cap. This link does not have many details, but here’s the district’s […]

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Flip the switch to live action

I was recently visiting some friends, and despite the fact that there were other kids in the same room, a young boy sat there for several hours playing some game on his hand-held electronic device. When I tried to speak with him, he looked at me like a zombie without even answering a simple question. […]

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Celebrating our schools

Next week a number of Long Island locals, most of them in Nassau county, are coordinating a number of events to draw attention to the great work of students and teachers in their schools. From April 29 through May 5, members will hand out information bulletins, make phone calls, and sponsor sports nights as well […]

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May 15 matters: ‘Do me a favor’ (updated)

“Do me a favor” is actually the phrase a number of locals use when they send postcards to their members asking for help on campaigns. We are now three weeks away from when most voters across the state vote on local school budgets. (Remember the largest cities do not submit school budgets to residents.) And […]

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Free working women conference

Rebel girls, rank-and-file, union staff, organizers, activists, and leadership are invited to a free, two-day conference for labor union and working women to be held on May 25-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. Called “We Were Not Born to Follow,” the conference is being put together by women Teamsters, and is also being […]

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Friday fight for funding fairness

Above are photos from El-Wise and video I grabbed from Friday’s event in Rotterdam (New York, not the Netherlands). Here’s a link to the Daily Gazette coverage, although you must be a subscriber to read the entire article. Here’s a link to an MSNBC report about the rally, which they should cite their source is […]

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Busy week ahead

It’s fitting that snow is falling in Buffalo today and tomorrow as I still mourn the lack of snow this winter in the Capital Region. Unfortunately, it will probably have all melted by the time the bus of staff get there tomorrow to start setting up for the local and retiree council pre-conference Wednesday and […]

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