Looking back can help us to see ahead

blog_130410_keefe_01

David Keefe of the Hempstead Teachers Association brought historical perspective to the challenges facing teachers and their union today. After all, he has been to every NYSUT Representative Assembly since the union formed in 1972. He recalled challenges of the early 1970s were abolishing a series of laws that eroded teachers’ rights, increased probation time […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Fight Back Friday: labor journalism

Tomorrow, NYSUT will celebrate the work of its locals’ newsletters and websites from across the state at its 3rd annual journalism conference. In addition to receiving awards for their work (NYSUT has been giving awards for years, not just the last three), the editors and webmasters will participate in trainings on how to tell their […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

UCATS needs your help

The Union of Clerical, Administrative & Technical Staff at NYU has been in contract negotiations with NYU for two months. Last Wednesday, just 6 days before their contract expires, NYU gave UCATS wage and health insurance proposals that are effectively a one year wage freeze, followed by five years of pay cuts. UCATS is now […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

How you can support CWA and IBEW workers

This weekend marks a week of the strike against Verizon. Verizon is seeking concessions that equate to $20,000 per worker. Verizon wants: worker pay increases tied to performance review, pensions frozen at the end of the year, the sickness and death benefit program eliminated, the sickness disability benefit cut in half – from 52 weeks […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Do you belong here?

DSC_4248

This post is brought to you by Ellen Mancuso. The first time I heard NYSUT leaders call out brothers and sisters at an event, it was like being in a new church or a new neighborhood. My comfort level just wasn’t there. I believed in collective bargaining but was I really a sister? I remember […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }