Nurses play it straight

It was Carol Braund’s last NYSUT Health Care volunteer lobby day as a nurse from SUNY Upstate Medical Center. And it was the first volunteer lobby day for Augustine Balaram, an RN from Visiting Nurse Service in Manhattan. Despite the difference in years of their careers, they have a lot in common. Like the other [...]

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Fight Back Friday: Contact your state lawmakers next week

For 32 school districts across the state, painful decisions must be made by Monday. In North Syracuse, which saw its budget “fail” with a 54 percent “yes” vote, the board will cut $1.4 million to get under the tax cap and thus hopefully “pass” its budget with a simple majority. You can help right this [...]

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Fight Back: Testing, tax cap and more

Hundreds and, possibly, thousands of your NYSUT brothers and sisters are lobbying their lawmakers in their home district offices. Above are photos from a group of southern tier activists who met with Assemblyman Chris Friend, R-Big Flats yesterday. Bonnie Strope teaches second grade in Odessa-Montour schools. She spoke against high-stakes standardized tests for students in kindergarten, [...]

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Fight Back Friday: State and federal budgets

There is still haggling to do over the state budget. This Albany Times Union editorial points out a number of problems. Lots of voices are urging lawmakers to take care of their issues. Keep up your good work. Go to NYSUT’s Member Action Center. Tell your lawmaker to fund K-12 schools, colleges and universities, save [...]

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March at a minimum today

There’s a march today from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Washington Avenue entrance of the Capitol for the 1.5 million working class New Yorkers who are thwarted from  making ends meet because they earn minimum wage. The ongoing movement to get the minimum wage increased has involved cadres of people busing to Albany, [...]

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A parent’s view on funding for disabled services

Danielle Chase and Diane Cornell, officers of The Resource Center United Employees Association, delivered 60 hand-written letters from adults they work with to Sen. Cathy Young of Olean yesterday. They also delivered a handful of letters from union members asking lawmakers to restore $120 million to New Yorkers with disabilities in private, non-profit agencies. Gov. Cuomo [...]

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Fight For Fairness Friday!

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Fight Back Friday to remind us all why we fight. Here’s the voice of Liz Mahoney, a Moriah Central Teachers Association member, fighting for more state aid so five-year-olds can have kindergarten and the high-poverty school district can provide opportunities for all ages. I’m sorry the video is so bad, [...]

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Fight Back Friday: Caucus weekend

Since a long weekend may be in store for many of you, and perhaps even a whole week off for others, here are several ways you can fight back with the extra time President’s Day Week provides. Today marks the beginning of the 42 annual conference of the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. [...]

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Fight Back Friday: Fair funding

NYSUT members are gearing up to visit lawmakers in their offices next week. This is after they do their jobs all day. You can support your sisters and brothers as they advocate for what our schools, campuses and communities need. Write or call your lawmaker on any, or all, of the issues outlined below. Remember, [...]

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