Purveyor of poverty to run NYU Bookstore

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(Editor’s note: New York University has never been known as being worker friendly. And no one knows that better than Steve Rechner (pictured), president of the union of Clerial, Administrative & Technical Staff and a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors, representing private colleges. Rechner holds nothing back in the current issue of UCATS […]

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First they came for …

I met today with T and M, a Muslim refugee and a Mexican immigrant respectively. Those traits are important, but T and M are much more than that. They are sons and grandsons. They are geeks and athletes and writers. They are part of my extended family of former students. They are humans with all […]

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In defense of teaching

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Michael Mosall, president of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Teachers Association in Saratoga County, was fed up with the teacher bashing that was pervasive in society a few years ago and, unfortunately, still exists in some quarters. To counter the critics and their unfounded myths, Mosall created “In Defense of Teaching,” a research document and Facebook […]

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It’s all about the Supreme Court

(The following was written by NYSUT retiree Linda Ulrich-Hagner for the AFT blog, Schoolhouse Voices.) I’ve always been a history buff on how government works and always encouraged my students to be participants in the political process. My principal used to say: “She thinks she’s teaching social studies.” My teaching discipline was home economics (family […]

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A report from the campaign trail

Kathleen Graham Kelly, a retired NYSUT staffer and one-time member of the Niskayuna (Schenectady County) Teachers Association, is in Orlando as a volunteer for the Working America Coalition, an AFL-CIO political action committee. Working alongside Eric Metzer, a retired UFT chapter leader, and Doug Matousek, a retired NYSUT labor relations specialist, Kelly is canvassing on […]

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One little person CAN make a difference

Kathleen Graham Kelly, a retired NYSUT staffer and one-time member of the Niskayuna (Schenectady County) Teachers Association, is in Orlando as a volunteer for the Working America Coalition, an AFL-CIO political action committee. Working alongside Eric Metzer, a retired UFT chapter leader, and Doug Matousek, a retired NYSUT labor relations specialist, Kelly is canvassing on […]

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Magee, panel agree: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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NYSUT President Karen Magee joined other education experts Thursday morning at the Albany Business Review’s Education Power Breakfast. Guests descended upon the historic Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, Schenectady County, for coffee, pastries and, of course, a discussion of pressing educational issues. Moderator Mike DeMasi, a senior reporter from the Albany Business Review, turned first to […]

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Joseph Sweeny: His members were foremost on his mind

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From a gurney in the emergency room at Buffalo General Hospital on May 6, Joe Sweeny wanted to make sure his longtime companion Mary Ellen Decker did not forget … the NYSUT tickets to a May 9th fundraiser for John Plumb. “I asked him if he knew where he was, and he said he knew […]

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Cuba: Contradictions created by the U.S. embargo

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BY MELANIE PORES EDITOR’S NOTE: Melanie Pores, a former bilingual/dual language teacher and member of the Albany Public Schools Teachers Association, as well as a retired NYSUT staff member, recently returned from a people-to-people delegation sponsored by Rev. Raúl Suárez from the Martin Luther King Center in Marianau, Cuba. The Capital District delegation also included […]

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Individualism at forefront of Graham School approach

Overlooking the Hudson River, in Hastings on Hudson, sits a unique public school. The outside may appear typical, with two separate buildings, distinguishing the high school from the K-12 school. However, if you were to take a closer look, you would realize that, unlike the unfortunately overcrowded classrooms that plague the majority of public schools, […]

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