Rally time

Full disclosure, only one of these is a true “rally.” Nearly 900 people will be at the Hart Theatre at the Egg in downtown Albany for the small cities and rural areas lobbying effort Wednesday. NYSUT officers Andy Pallotta and Kathleen Donahue are among the dozens who will speak. I will be tweeting it live […]

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In memory of Judith Rudman

Long-time activist Judith E. Rudman passed away at her home on Long Island over the weekend. She was 89. She was born in Syracuse and raised in the Bronx. A Hunter College graduate, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Call me “Judy” she would say, although she did prefer “Judith” in […]

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Busy week ahead

Hope we all got a good rest because it’s a busy week ahead. Yes, the deadline looms this week for an agreement on teacher evaluation. Here’s an interesting take on New York City’s negotiations from the elected public advocate. This week, NYSUT will release a video about the impact of a pension on one teaching […]

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Raise the minimum wage now!

Times are tough, but there are 264,000 people who have it tougher than you. There were more than 264,000 people in our state at or below the minimum wage in 2010. Keep in mind that the minimum wage in this state hasn’t been raised since 2009 when it went up 10 cents. It sits at […]

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Solidarity in Syracuse

Across the state there are school districts working together. Syracuse is one of them and Friday morning is a great example. Starting at 8:30 a.m. the union joins with district administrators, Say YES to education and Syracuse 20/20. Together the groups will tell their elected lawmakers, both city and state, why the Syracuse schools need […]

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Rest up this weekend

Because Monday is going to be busy. Labor and management representatives from many of the 10 districts who had School Improvement Grant funding until the State Education Department yanked it away will give details about what it all means. It starts at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of SED’s building, 89 Washington Ave. A lot of […]

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Making noise for just cause

View all photos The sound of thousands of plastic clappers on the south lawn of the Capitol earlier today was like rainfall. It heralded the coming storm from state workers who are angry at the governor’s threats of another 9,800 layoffs. The rally was led by Public Employees Federation. PEF president Ken Brynien said 15,000 […]

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Badges of honor


As Ellen Schuler Mauk’s delegate badge makes clear, these credentials can read like road maps of union activism. Her badge indicates her role as a NYSUT Board member as well as president of the Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College.

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Campers oppose cuts to colleges

Among the hundreds of peaceful demonstrators at Wednesday’s Capitol Camp-in were students, parents and graduates of the state’s senior and community public colleges. They included Caitlin Kempf and Steve Moss, both students at Adirondack Community College. “It was supposed to be my senior year, but because of SUNY, I’m back at my sophomore year,” Kempf […]

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The Capitol’s ‘Million Dollar Staircase’ is now the ‘Millionaires’ Tax Staircase’

Setting the scene here at the Capitol: Organizers have renamed the Million Dollar Staircase the “Millionaires’ Tax Staircase.” There are hundreds of demonstrators from SUNY and CUNY. AQE’s Billy Easton announced that 70 large pizzas would be delivered to the Capitol at 7 pm, the largest pizza delivery in state history. He said s’mores would […]

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