Labor history stays alive through resources and recognition

At least two avenues are providing traction for our ability to teach students about labor history and the labor movement. The first: A lot more information and resources are available digitally now, which is especially beneficial since the role of labor is often tamped down in many history textbooks. “There  is loads of information available [...]

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World Food Day harvests opportunity to help


An apple is often the symbol of teaching. Many students bring them forth — shiny and polished — to give to their teachers. But, for many teachers, that piece of fall-harvested fruit often means something else now: It is a symbol of how many hungry children sit in front of them in class, or in [...]

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It’s all about the bus

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They’re back. Those bright yellow school buses are on the roads, ferrying students from sidewalks and street corners to the front door of school. “It’s GREAT to be back. I love seeing how much the kids have grown every September,” said Long Beach bus driver Joanne Rea. All drivers are urged to heed laws forbidding [...]

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Can’t take the August heat? Bold the cold: ICE ALS


The unstoppable Chris Pendergast — who maneuvers life and roads with his wheelchair, his headgear, his supportive family and his keen intellect to keep on keeping on — is at it again. He’s hosting an ICE ALS event this week. The retired teacher, and 22-plus year survivor of ALS, is using ice cubes to help [...]

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Peace moving through a mountain town

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There was a different kind of beauty in the summer night last night in the Adirondack Mountain village of Saranac Lake. It was more than the river, the July evening or the grassy park. It was a beauty that came with care, and with candles. The Saranac Lake Teachers Association, together with the social justice [...]

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Step out on Monday for wages


The food may be fast, but the cash is not. Flipping burgers and filling drinks for fast-food chains is a starter job for some; longtime employment for others. It is a tough way to make a living. You can support these workers in several ways. The Fast Food Workers Wage Board meets Monday to hear [...]

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History comes calling and asks for more action


She made her footsteps across that famous bridge feel real for 350 North Country students, who hopefully could hear their echoes 50 years later. The 50th anniversary commemoration of the civil rights march from Selma, AL., to Montgomery, became a piece of living history when hundreds of North Country students gathered in Lake Placid to [...]

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Rally draws diverse group of vocal unionists


All the makings of a good rally were in place: a timely, vibrant cause; a sunny day; a central location in an historic city; plenty of protest signs; music; some food trucks – and a crowd that included members of nearly 100 different unions. William Mayer, an 11-year-member of the International Union of Painters and [...]

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide


The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Day is today. In the capital of Armenia — Yerevan— hundreds of thousands of people will walk to the Tsitsernakaberg Genocide memorial to lay flowers at the eternal flame A NYSUT staff member, Ani Shahinian, will recall the genocide in a small ceremony at union headquarters to [...]

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Students giving back to the Earth and the amur


Today in the Patchogue-Medford School District on Long Island,  students are taking part in their fifth annual Earth Day Film Festival. Many of them are also wearing amur leopard T-shirts, depicting an animal that is on the “Red List” of critically endangered species. Students design and sell the shirts, and the money raised will be [...]

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