Flood response update

Thanks for understanding that current events have kept us from updating the continued great reaction to the needs in flood-affected areas. Since our last update, and October 31 update, here’s the activity we’ve heard of: Led by Gina Valenze of the UFT, the Habitat For Humanity Club and UFT members at the Queens High School […]

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When we gather together

Over the weekend, sure as there will be football on television, hunters in woods and a few turkeys catching on fire, there will be some discussions around the dinner table. That’s the way it should be. I know I’ll be having a few and wanted to get some facts. Thought you might like some too, […]

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What a union proud weekend!

Not sure how the weather has been where you are, but this will be the first rain-free weekend in the Capital District since Sept. 17-18. Better yet, a whole cadre of NYSUT locals are doing good this weekend. We’ve got unions from all over. Here’s a list so far: Not sure whether to list alphabetically […]

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Specifics for STAY volunteers

Folks, the Schoharie Teachers Association is being overwhelmed with phone calls about this weekend’s work. They can not possibly return all the phone calls so please, if you have a question, and it’s not answered here, please comment on this blog and we will get the answer for you. They expect more than 200 volunteers both […]

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It’s what they do

While in Binghamton to cover the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, of course I also wanted to find out about how people were coping with flooding. Broome County has estimated at least 5,500 people were displaced. Displaced can mean the home is gone, or it can mean you just can’t live there until the […]

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Adopt-a-School: Locals Helping Locals

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NYSUT’s “Adopt-a-School” program helps union locals to help each other in times of crisis with in-kind donations. Our growing listing of districts in need in the wake of recent flooding appears below. Update 12/26 Holiday giving continues Update 12/8 Donations continue Update 11/22 Flood victims still getting what they need. Update 10/31: Great needs provoke […]

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Good news coming out of Schoharie

The deadline to apply for insulation to be installed in Schoharie Valley homes and businesses is Sept. 28. That’s tomorrow. So far, Martin Messner has received 60 applications. They have enough funds to do 15 more. That’s the first bit of good news. “Everyone has been just great with their response. We are so thankful […]

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When budget cuts, a tax cap and a flood collide

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Even before rains from Irene and Lee flooded Schoharie, schools in the valley “were in a terrible spot,” Martin Messner testified last night. Here’s a link to the Times-Union article. Messner teaches health and physical education and leads the Schoharie CTA, which used to have more than 125 members 10 years go and now has […]

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Next NYSUT chat: Does your union have a disaster or crisis response plan?

The topic for our next Tweetup: Does your union have a disaster or crisis response plan? for the union? for members? for the community? It will start at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

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NYSUT hosts telethon (update video, photos)

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As we update this blog post, Martin Messner of the Schoharie TA returns a call. Despite prior reports that school would be in session today, it’s delayed until Monday, Sept. 17. No school this week as emergency services have taken over the school. Groups of teachers still meet each morning and then fan out into […]

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