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Today is, as A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh so famously said, “a rather blustery day.” Snowflakes are flying, adding to the hefty drifts already covering the ground. The evergreen branches are host to drapes of snow. Outside my window at NYSUT headquarters, a flock of birds frantically pluck at berries from a tree. The hulking [...]

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

The number of Pearl Harbor survivors is dwindling. Yet, that does not diminish the historical importance or solemn memory of that day, December 7, 1941, which President Roosevelt declared would be a day that “would live in infamy.” As Pearl Harbor ceremonies took place in Hawaii yesterday, NYSUT today remembers with honor and dignity the [...]

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Remembering — and fighting again — pregnancy discrimination


Today’s Supreme Court oral hearings in the case of Peggy Young vs. UPS are about the rights of a pregnant woman on the job. This case is about workers’ rights. Women’s rights. Peggy Young was forced out of her job because she was pregnant. Many organizations are rallying today outside the Supreme Court in Washington, [...]

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Gratitude gets real: one teacher’s tale


Hamburg teacher James Gang took some time off from shoveling this morning to talk about gratitude in honor of the holiday for giving thanks. Although he’s spent much of the last 10 days shoveling different properties – school has been closed ever since six feet of snow was dumped in his town, shutting down roads, [...]

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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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NYSUT is saddened to announce the passing of Mark Anthony Famiglietti on Oct. 11. Mark was a retired high school English teacher in Rhinebeck, New York. He was a staunch union advocate; and served as president of the Rhinebeck Teachers Association for 28 years. Contributions in Mark’s memory can be made to the Boys & [...]

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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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NYSUT stands in support of South Burlington educators


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


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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