Living the Legacy

Seven of NYSUT’s Not For Ourselves Alone nominees from the past two years received national honors today during the AFT Women’s Rights Breakfast, held as part of the union’s convention in Detroit. Here’s a link to more about the NFOA award. NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira and Eadie Shanker, wife of the Albert Shanker, one […]

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Everyday heroes

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Congratulations to Martin Messner, president of the Schoharie Teachers Association, and Joe Satriano, a retiree of the Roslyn Teachers Association, for being recognized as 2012 Everyday Heroes by the American Federation of Teachers. Heroes is such an iconic word that brings to mind those who save lives. Joe Satriano used his sadness to signal others […]

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VIDEO: AFT highlights the state of the union

This video, which kicked off the AFT convention in Detroit this morning, highlights the past two years of AFT championing democracy, economic opportunity and high quality public services for students, families and communities.

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Come on, rise up for workers’ rights July 24 #RiseUpNY

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“Workers Rising: A Day of Action” will be held in Union Square in Manhattan on Tuesday, July 24 to make some noise about change needed for low wage earners.

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Support Con Ed workers

An astute NYSUT member sent us an email last night reminding us that it’s important for all unionists to care about what’s happening in New York City, where about 8,500 Consolidated Edison workers have been locked out of their jobs since the contract with the utility company expired on June 30. We are all brothers […]

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A fair look at labor

It’s a challenge these days to find many journalists willing to take an objective, thoughtful look at the state of organized labor. There are plenty who want to sing its death knell or assail it as the root of all evil. But the voices reminding us that labor unions created and stand up for the […]

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Union-supported programs receive major boost

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More students throughout the Capital District will be exposed to the mentoring and physical benefits of the game of golf thanks to a generous donation to the “First Tee” and “Hook a Kid on Golf” programs. Albany County District Attorney David Soares presented a check for more than $13,000 to the Junior Golf Alliance of […]

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An educator’s summer vacation

An educator’s summer vacation

How about those summers off? We all know educators work hard throughout the year to improve their skills and find new and innovative ways to engage students. This year is no different. This week, 26 earth science teachers from across New York state are spending three days in the state’s Keene Valley participating in workshops […]

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Fight Back Friday: testing

The American Federation of Teachers has taken a stand against the fixation on high-stakes testing. They’ve started a petition drive and already nearly 7,000 have signed it. Here’s the link to sign the petition. Thanks to Don Carlisto, a 7th-grade teacher in Saranac Lake and member of the SLTA, for alerting me to it. (I […]

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Gardens suffering but love of reading still grows

Happy Thursday! So my garden is taking all the time (and water) I can give it this week. It suffered (and literally wilted from lack of rain) from my absence at the end of June so I could visit family in Wisconsin and Minnesota. My hometown has grown quite a bit since I left in […]

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