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 of NYSUT’s founding leaders and a past AFT president, led the contingent of New Yorkers receiving the AFT’s Living the Legacy Award. Both Neira and Shanker come out of the United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT’s affiliate in New York City.

The awards are given to AFT women members who have:

  • provided leadership and demonstrated interest in issues of women’s rights;
  • maintained multiple decades of involvement in local, state and national AFT affiliates;
  • worked in the trade union movement;
  • acted as mentors, coaches and role models for other women; and
  • earned recognition as a leader in her own community.
Other NYSUT honorees and their local affiliations include:
  • Jane Dickerson, Brocton Teachers Association
  • Dianne Hettrich, Sachem Central Teachers Association
  • Florence McCue, Yonkers Federation of Teachers
  • Christina Sharp, Retiree Council 43
  • Joan Skowronek, Hewlett Woodmere Faculty Association
  • Lucille Swaim, United Federation of Teachers
  • Martha Smith, Lancaster Service Personnel

Well-deserved kudos go out to an amazing group of women and labor leaders!


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