Early Childhood Staff Union fights for first contract

The Early Childhood Staff Union, which represents about 350 workers at 19 Head Start and Early Head Start sites across Erie County, are waging a fight to secure union members their first contract. The ECSU represents teachers and substitute teachers, family partners, home visitors, nutrition associates and maintenance personnel who are employees of the Community [...]

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A day for pink


NYSUT officers and staff at the union’s headquarters in Latham showed their heartfelt support for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts by wearing pink to work. The special dress down day and a raffle on Wednesday raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research. Many staff members are themselves cancer survivors or have family [...]

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Volunteers ready to unpack, stack First Books


Students in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES “School to Work” program (see photo) fold and count “Leaders for Literacy” event shirts and practice how to count and stack the books that will arrive Tuesday as part of First Book’s Truckload Challenge. Volunteers and educators from WSWHE and NYSUT are getting ready to hand out 42,000 free books [...]

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WNY members take the pledge for public schools

Cheektowaga Central School teachers celebrate Day of Blue.

Members from Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association, standing in front of Cheektowaga Central High School, spread the message that “Our classroom matters — Respect public schools” during a special Day of Action held throughout Western New York on Monday, Sept. 8. Educators wore blue in a show of solidarity and took this pledge to convey to [...]

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Are you looking for a little inspiration?

If you are an elementary classroom teacher in search of new strategies and professional networking, it’s not too late to register for next week’s New York State Elementary Classroom Teachers Association’s annual conference. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your morning meeting, or might want to try combining fairy tales with science, there’s something for [...]

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Moral Mondays call for a fair New York

This blog post was written by NYSUT Communications intern Johnalyn Scarati, a senior at the College of Saint Rose in Albany Faith leaders and community members from all different backgrounds came together this week at the Capitol for the third Moral Monday of March. Outside the Senate Chamber, Executive Director of the New York State [...]

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Long Beach SRPs ‘have only just begun’


School-related professionals deserve to be recognized for the myriad ways they make a difference for students and for communities. But the Long Beach school board doesn’t seem to get that. Joanne Rea, vice president of the Long Beach Schools Employees Association, sent us this photo of LBSEA members who came together last week for an [...]

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A show of solidarity for GE workers in Fort Edward


NYSUT members from the Fort Edward and South Glens Falls teachers associations, United University Professions, Albany Public Schools Teachers Association and NYSUT Board member Tony McCann walked the picket line on Friday in Fort Edward to show solidarity with the 200 members of UE Local 332 who work at the GE plant there. The union [...]

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Stand with Chicago teachers!

The American Federation of Teachers is organizing a thunderclap to support the Chicago Teachers Union. About 3,500 CTU members have been targeted for layoff at the same time Mayor Rahm Emanuel has engaged in a $1.6 million contract with Teach for America. Visit go.aft.org/chicago and help send a strong message that students and teachers deserve [...]

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Assistance for union members impacted by Irene

Union members living in areas impacted by Hurricane Irene, who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for financial assistance. Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship due to the recent severe weather. The [...]

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