Picket in the Pines: How one person is finding his power


UPDATE: Jason Smith, whose call-to-action is featured in this blog post, appears on the cover of the May/June 2014 edition of NYSUT United in a photo taken at the Picket in the Pines event. If you’re tired of for-profit companies making money off of testing students and generating anxiety as they generate cash; if you […]

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We are saddened to announce the recent passing of Jennifer Miles, a fourth grade teacher at McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville and member of the Baldwinsville Teachers’ Association. [Read more]

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Standing with Spencerport on high-stakes testing

Standing with Spencerport on high-stakes testing

More than 60 teachers at Spencerport’s Cosgrove Middle School have signed a petition calling for action on this year’s English langauge arts and math tests for grades 3-8 — and, thanks to social media —  more teachers and parents and education stakeholders are joining the call each day online at standwithspencerport.wordpress.com. The teachers’ petition characterizes […]

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National Poetry Month brings news, teaching support


Does poetry seem unnecessary to you? Like an extra piece of jewelry? Or the whipped cream on the all-American, hearty apple pie? Poetry has been maligned like that. It’s used to it. But poetry asks us to pay attention.  A good poem has a relevant subject, and expresses an original take on matters, says George […]

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Equal Pay Day a union reminder

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Many of you will remember it because we’re a week away from the deadline to file income tax returns. If you’re a woman, however, you might remember it because, for all of your working life it’s been the day to mark how long you have […]

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RA logistics: behind the scenes, before and after


Behind the scenes of the NYSUT RA, union staff scurries about busily before, during and after to make things tick, whirr and purr. The Information Technology department sets up and then breaks down the Internet zone that provides computers for members to use during the assembly. They also set up the Political Action Center, where […]

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Charged-up delegates get ready to make policy


On many street corners in Manhattan right now, you can find someone hawking the ubiquitous black umbrella for $5. Buyers are seeking protection from the rain, just as NYSUT members descending on the city for the start of the 42nd Representative Assembly are seeking the protection that their union provides. Attacks on public education, gross […]

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Union hotel workers: pride and professionalism


Within minutes of the completion of a NYSUT luncheon attended by several hundred local presidents, a team of black-jacketed union waiters had the room at the Hilton stripped and cleaned, although normally they keep it clean with devices like the roomba that help a lot with this, but this was a different event. Among them […]

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