Hail the hearty School-Related Professionals

School-Related Professionals have been called “the backbone of the public education system” and today, during a statewide snowstorm, there is plenty of evidence of that: They are the ones shoveling the school sidewalks, clearing off the school buses to take students home early and safely, making sure the heating systems throughout their district’s buildings are [...]

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NYSUT sends health benefits navigator to private higher ed locals

In order to help private college adjuncts navigate the Affordable Care Act, and to share its affects on them and their full-time colleagues, NYSUT’s health benefits expert, Sue Klug, is headed out on another road trip. Five independent college units — all part of NYSUT and representing about 1,500 members — will have representatives at tomorrow’s [...]

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NYSUT retirees help change NY hospital policy

When Ike Cassuto, the husband of NYSUT retiree Thalia Cassuto, got a bill for $6,000 for skilled nursing care earlier this year, he wasn’t happy. Now he’s just heard about  another bill — one that will help retirees on Medicare who are in situations like he was in. Good news was just announced: The governor [...]

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Colorado flooding affects NYSUT retirees

While hundreds of NYSUT members have had their lives uprooted by flooding in the past two years, they have also flooded NYSUT with cards and thank-you letters for assistance they have received from the Disaster Relief Fund. One woman was grateful for the financial assistance because it helped replace her son’s toys and clothes. Another [...]

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Hurray for home care workers!

Hurray for home care workers!

Bring it on home. Finally, home care workers have new, long-overdue labor rights. The Obama administration just announced a rule change to the Fair Labor Standards Act to guarantee minimum wage and overtime pay for them. There are more than  2 million home care workers in the U.S. and their net income is often less [...]

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Insurance changes on horizon

My hairdressers were talking about it, asking questions of each other.  I overheard several other people talking about it this week. “It” is the new optional health insurance online site, Marketplace. My hairdressers are among those people who have been working without health insurance, and who will now become insured. Employers have until Oct. 1 [...]

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Mobilize Saturday for Bangladeshi workers

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a cheap shirt. You can’t put a price on a life — and there are many workers who die in garment factory disasters. Clothing companies are responsible to make sure these factories are safe, and stop looking the other way so they can get their products [...]

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No time for exceptions. Support farmworkers.

Every day, farm workers use tools to get the job done in the fields, orchards and farms where they work. Now, you can use tools to help them. In a new campaign and website that opened today, Except Farmworkers shows how you can step up and take action to support the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices [...]

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A red sea surge

I don’t usually wear nail polish, but today I got my nails painted red. After all, I was one of just a few women among hundreds who were not wearing red. We were bobbing along in the Red Sea. Since it was my first time at the American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon [...]

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Another apple; another story

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This time of year the apple trees are stunning. Delicate, paper-like pink flowers crown the crooked branches in a halo of soft color. Once the blossoms drop, it is time for farm workers to sort out the branches of the apple trees to make more room for the apples to receive the sun, and to [...]

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