Joyous news spreads

So many people I talked to within the last 24 hours are excited about the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s national health care plan (Patient Protection Affordable Care Act.) It seems rare to get good news anymore when it comes to the 99 percent, and this good news is a keeper. It’s also […]

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Higher ed solidarity in Utica

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports that public unionism is dead have been greatly exaggerated. Consider what’s happening in Utica. Nearly 400-adjunct faculty and professional part-time employees at Mohawk Valley Community College are seeking union certification after an overwhelming majority of those employees returned union cards in favor of organizing and affiliating with New York State […]

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Springville teachers call for an end to the impasse

The Springville Faculty Association will be on-hand to greet the district’s school board members prior to their meeting Tuesday, but the welcome won’t exactly be warm. The 180-member local will be picketing in protest of the Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education’s refusal to settle a long-standing labor impasse, which has left teachers working without a […]

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Budget vote aftermath

We warned you that it wouldn’t be pretty; that if school districts failed to pass their budgets, there would be dire consequences. Today, the Albany Times Union reported on two such districts that are on the ropes. Of course, while it is better for communities to have passed their budgets than not, nearly every single […]

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Call now to pass safe patient handling

Assembly members need to hear that they should pass A10715A, the Safe Patient Handling Act.  They will be in session from 9:30 AM until late tonight. Call (877) 255-9417 to be connected to your member of the Assembly. The bill is NOT LIVE until tomorrow due to what’s called the aging rule (bills need to age […]

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Budget revote results contain a lot of pain (updated with links)

It’s bittersweet to read or watch the variety of press accounts about yesterday’s school budget revotes across the state. The good news is that voters in most of those districts (22 of 24) approved their budgets. Of those, the three districts that again sought to override that irresponsible tax cap all passed. Here’s one link […]

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School programs on the line today

Full-day kindergarten, high school electives, sports and extracurricular activities are on the line in 24 districts across the state today as they try once more to get budgets passed. In Hornell, only sports are on the line. That district got voters to pass their school budget, but they rejected paying for athletics with the 60 […]

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Safe patient handling now!

The Safe Patient Handling Act has been reintroduced with amendments and changes that were agreed to by the coalition of labor, patient advocates, health and safety and employers that are supporting the bill. The new number is S7735 (Maziarz) / A10715 (Gunther). The state AFL-CIO has set up a hotline to help you call your lawmaker. […]

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On Father’s Day, New York ranks a B-

My mother died in 2006, so of course my Dad means ever more to me. Funny how growing up, I never really concerned myself with my father, because he wasn’t around much. I was one of seven, so he was always working to keep us fed, clothed and in shoes. My father worked in a […]

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Fight Back Friday: Privacy, BOCES, higher ed & more

Ah, the end to a busy week, (testing testimony, the release of graduation rates, the start of high school Regents exams) and next week will be even busier! (More Regents exams, June 19 budget revote for those districts still trying to get budgets passed, schools gearing down and the end of the legislative session are […]

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