Dashing through the toys


Santa had some help this year, thanks to the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body and especially the Mount Vernon Federation of Teachers. Here’s a pic of, from left, Manuel Molina, 32BJ SEIU, Carene Domato of MVFT, Linda Lesnewski, UWUA 1-2  and Mike Carriere, IUPAT DC 9 getting ready to donate to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in […]

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One super way to give

The United College Employees of the Fashion Institute of Technology held its holiday party last week. But instead of giving members a traditional holiday gift emblazoned with the union logo, officers donated $1,000 to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund. Local President Roberta Elins, Executive Vice President Linda Tains and Treasurer Paul Clement noted the donation […]

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#Snowflakes for Sandy Hook


The Parent Teachers Student Association of Sandy Hook has asked for your help to create a winter wonderland at their new school. Here’s a link to their home page. Here’s a recap: To decorate the halls of the school, the group has asked anyone who wishes to make snowflakes, paper, knitted, crafts, etc., to mail […]

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Deadly secrets

A new report by International Labor Rights Forum reveals how major apparel companies put workers’ lives at risk by covering up fire safety hazards and other dangerous working conditions by using confidential audits and ignoring known solutions. The report hasn’t been getting much coverage in the mainstream media, so here’s a link. Perhaps you’ve already […]

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Yorktown Congress of Teachers stands up, speaks out

Congrats to the Yorktown Congress of Teachers, led by Sean Kennedy. The local has a great website that you can check out. They do a lot for the community, recently raising $2,612 for their local food bank. (Update, make that a whopping $6,000 because after the members raised nearly $3,000 by donating tips they earned […]

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Monday’s reality

Two of my sisters teach second grade. My thoughts and prayers are with them today — and every teacher — as they face  classrooms full of students who will likely be scared, angry, curious, sad, confused.  My sisters’ students learned over the weekend what we all have learned — that 20 children their age died […]

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You’ve only got four days left …


So, now it’s astronomy, numerology and the Mayan calendar that have the world ending. At least one world ended last Friday. That’s the world where no one would ever thinking of bringing a gun into an elementary school and kill young children. About the only reason I even think about the end of the world is […]

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Union-made lists for you to check twice

Help create and protect union jobs in your community by supporting the union label. Here’s a link to a Made in America Holiday Gift and Stocking Stuffer Guide from the AFL-CIO. Here’s a list NYSUT retirees put together. What are your favorite union-made articles to give, or get?

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Fight Back Friday: Fiscal cliff

Keep up the pressure. According to the latest polls, (here’s a link to Pew Research Poll and here’s a link to the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll)  three-quarters of Americans say they would accept raising taxes on the wealthy to avoid the cliff. Even among Republicans, some 61 percent say they would accept tax increases on high […]

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If it can happen in Michigan …

Right now, a right-to-work-for-less law is poised to pass in Michigan. Here’s one study that points to how right-to-work laws do not help workers. Here’s a Washington Post blog post with lots of links to both sides of the argument. Here’s a link to a livestream of the protest outside of Michigan’s Capitol. Here’s a […]

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