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’

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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

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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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Help needed for Schalmont students

The Schalmont Central School District is collecting children’s clothing with backpacks and supplies to help students impacted by Hurricane Irene, particularly those who live in Rotterdam Junction. Money gift cards, household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, first aid supplies and nonperishable food are also being collected. Drop off at Jefferson Elementary School. For more information, call [...]

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Attacks against teachers “shameful”

Here’s an item staff writer ┬áLiza Frenette ┬ásent via text from the bus ride home to Albany: Philippe Abraham, a UUP member who works at the University at Albany, came racing out of the last RA general session pumped up for the rally in Times Square. He said the well-orchestrated attacks against the labor movement [...]

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Hughes warms up the crowd

The rally opener from Denis Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO: “We are the labor movement and WE stand together and WE ARE ONE. We will NOT BE PUSHED AROUND. We will FIGHT BACK and we will STAND UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS!”

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You can’t take my rights!

Kerry Clark, a teacher for 12 years and member of the Carmel TA, from 40th and Broadway: “I came here today to fight for our rights , because YOU CAN’T TAKE MY RIGHTS, I’M USING THEM!.” Her sign read: “Don’t erase our progress.”

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Denise Santalis of Carmel Teachers Association stayed up all night making rally signs: “America’s future walks through the doors of our schools. Stop the cuts!” “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Denise and her colleague, Danielle Williams, have been to the rally in Yonkers, the rally in Newburgh, the rally in Albany and [...]

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