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  Liza Frenette  sent 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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Don’t blame teachers, unions

Pat Copertino is on a mission: to promote a growing understanding among union members, and the public as whole, that teachers and unions are not to blame for the economic downturn, for joblessness, for budget cuts. Walking down 6th avenue to Times Square — and me trying not to step off curbs into oncoming traffic […]

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RA just what we needed

Joan Perrini, president of NYSUT’s Retiree Council 21, was carrying a sign: “We will remember in November” — although it seems much more effective when you say it as only a New Yorker can: “We’ll rememba in Novemba.” I’m just sayin’. Joan taught social studies and was a guidance counselor, spending 38 years in West […]

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