A day for pink

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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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NYSUT stands in support of South Burlington educators

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UPDATE OCT. 20: SBEA members vote to approve the contract. UPDATE OCT. 19: Tentative agreement reached; school set to open Monday. NYSUT stood strong with sisters and brothers in Vermont Wednesday as the South Burlington Educators Association entered day two of their strike in protest of failed contract negotiations and unfair labor practices. Pictured above, [...]

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(Purple) Lights, cameras, action against domestic violence

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Right now, purple lights are streaming on buildings across New York as companies, organizations and people join in the campaign “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.” It’s far more than show: it is solidarity, it is awareness, and it is a call to victims to come forward and find help. Purple can pierce the dark. [...]

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National poll shows broad support for union positions on education issues

Read and share the results of this poll that Paul Harstad did for Democrats for Public Education. It shows broad based support for the union on education issues. Some highlights: Roughly 2/3 of Americans agree with traditionally Democratic positions when it comes to education – especially when it comes to overwhelming support for neighborhood schools [...]

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Shout it from the mountaintops: VOTE!

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June 1964 Dear Mom and Dad I have arrived safely in Meridian, Mississippi. This is a wonderful town and the weather is fine.  I wish you were here. The people in this city are wonderful and our reception was very good. All my love, Andy Andrew Goodman had arrived. A student at Queens College, he [...]

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In the North Country, local unions take action with apples

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Kathryn Brown of the Chazy Teachers Association and NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta flank a sign opposing overtesting, at the “All Together Fall” education festival in Plattsburgh, held the last Saturday of September. The annual outdoor event is sponsored by teachers associations from local education unions in the North Country, and by the Northeast [...]

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Volunteers ready to unpack, stack First Books

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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

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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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Rally at Capitol on Thursday for the common people

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It’s still summer and the call to be outside remains loud and clear. But  even though the lazy, hazy days of summer have their own lure, issues of concern to the common people — the 99 percent — are still demanding our attention. This coming week, there is an opportunity for you to get outside [...]

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Exploring faith for a fair New York

Exploring faith for a fair New York

Sometimes, it is important to step back, look at problems in a new way and share ideas and concerns with others. The power of reflection and collective thinking can be strong. The New York State Labor-Religion Coalition, in collaboration with other faith groups, is holding open a space and time to reflect on the state’s [...]

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