Rochester RO’s Shelly Clements honored by CBTU

Shelly Clements

NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist Shelly Clements was given the Robert Wilson Leadership Award in August at the 2015 Coalition of Black Trade Unionists’ Region One conference in White Plains, N.Y. In addition to her work with more than a dozen local bargaining units, Shelly is very active in Rochester’s Frederick Douglass CBTU Chapter, serving as […]

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‘Homework Hotline’ honored with excellence award

Homework Hotline

School can be as hard for parents as it sometimes is for their children. Homework can especially be a struggle as parents – though they may be sometimes reluctant to admit it – do not always have the answers. It is a reality that some students need extra time with a teacher outside of the […]

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Education Summer program seeks ambassadors


Actively support and improve public education in New York, while having fun and making money this summer. Too good to be true? Not at all! NYSUT has partnered with Citizen Action and the Long Island Progressive Coalition to offer Education Summer 2015. This is an exciting 6-week voter outreach canvasing program that aims to train […]

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Reliving the spirit and soul of MLK

mlk conference

(NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale recently returned from Atlanta, where he participated in the AFL-CIO’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. This is his first-person account of that conference.) I was awestruck this past week at the AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Atlanta, GA., where I […]

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She’s been leading the way

By Katie Donnelly, a Shaker High School student interning at NYSUT this semester I didn’t know much about Gloria Steinem until I saw the NYSUT Women’s History poster and did some research on her. I thought she had been involved in one thing, but there’s a piece of her in a whole bunch of things. […]

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Honoring women of public and civic mind

NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira is one of 25 women being honored by City and State magazine tonight in Manhattan. Here’s a link to City and State‘s announcement about its “Above and Beyond” awards event. Neira is being recognized for her work as a labor leader. Neira is one of 25 women being honored in […]

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NYC mayor blames everyone but himself

Today marked the beginning of testimony on the proposed executive budget. First to testify on the impact on cities, towns, villages and localities was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He continues his stance, which the public and, more importantly, parents are not buying, according to polls; that is, that the teachers union is solely to […]

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Preview to Fight Back Friday

Tomorrow, the statewide AFL-CIO is sponsoring a call-in to Congress. Please call your representatives at 888-659-9401 to let them know that you support a fair approach to deficit reduction. Tell your representative: Let the Bush tax cuts expire for those making more than $250,000; Ensure that Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits are not cut […]

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Fight Back Friday

Not that you haven’t been busy. More than one-third of NYSUT members have suffered through a superstorm. There was a major election and, thanks to your efforts, most of NYSUT’s endorsed candidates won. Right before Superstorm Sandy barreled up the East Coast,  NYSUT launched Tell It Like It Is. Members are being asked to share […]

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Everyday heroes


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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