A show of solidarity for GE workers in Fort Edward

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NYSUT members from the Fort Edward and South Glens Falls teachers associations, United University Professions, Albany Public Schools Teachers Association and NYSUT Board member Tony McCann walked the picket line on Friday in Fort Edward to show solidarity with the 200 members of UE Local 332 who work at the GE plant there. The union [...]

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AFL-CIO leaders take to the Adirondacks like ducks to water

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NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta is proud to say he’s a city boy, but that didn’t prevent him from stepping up as part of an AFL-CIO team that joined the governor on a whitewater rafting trip Sunday in the Adirondacks. Pallotta pronounced the experience “exhilarating.” Gov. Cuomo invited teams of rafters and the media [...]

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Mobilize Saturday for Bangladeshi workers

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a cheap shirt. You can’t put a price on a life — and there are many workers who die in garment factory disasters. Clothing companies are responsible to make sure these factories are safe, and stop looking the other way so they can get their products [...]

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Remembering the workers

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, and every year NYSUT holds a simple and solemn ceremony to mark the memory of those who have lost their lives on the job in the past year. A red rose is laid down on a table as each name is called; a symbol for each life lost in the [...]

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How Chicago teachers are fighting for students

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How does the Chicago teachers’ struggle for a fair contract help students? Just ask Chicago’s “Teacher X,” who recently took issue with schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard’s assertion that “a strike would only hurt kids.” When you make me cram 30-50 kids in my classroom with no air conditioning so that temperatures hit 96 degrees, that [...]

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Come on, rise up for workers’ rights July 24 #RiseUpNY

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“Workers Rising: A Day of Action” will be held in Union Square in Manhattan on Tuesday, July 24 to make some noise about change needed for low wage earners.

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Marching for jobs and justice… on Broadway! (Updated with photos)

NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta joined thousands of other unionists Thursday evening in a march for jobs and economic fairness in New York City’s Union Square, the heart of the Occupy movement. The march — which also drew members of NYSUT’s largest local, the UFT — was organized by the [...]

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A spontaneous and heartfelt ‘thank you’

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His nametag says: “Tom;” his full name is Thongchai Saibuddhabun. As one of the Hilton staff providing exemplary service at the opening lunch for NYSUT’s Local Presidents’ Conference, Tom is a proud member of Local 6 of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO. Before lunch started, Tom hesitantly inquired if he might [...]

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Jon Stewart: ‘Pish, posh, piffle’

Jon Stewart — as only Jon Stewart can — delivered a hilarious “Message to teachers” on The Daily Show Monday night. I won’t spoil the fun. You need to watch for yourself. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Crisis in Dairyland – Message for Teachers www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full [...]

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