Local Action Project: Community outreach starts by strengthening membership


. Photo Gallery When attacks on public education, public workers and their benefits come from all sides, where do those who want to protect the public good go for help? “We need to start with ourselves,” said Emily Sullivan, an elementary art teacher and part of a 5-member team from the Plattsbugh Teachers Association during […]

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Communications Wednesday

LAPers have already had a week’s worth of info packed into sessions, or so it seems to me. Today features communications and its various forms. How do unions get messages out to their members? to parents? to their communities? One of the questions Bryan Thomas and I will be talking about will be social media. […]

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Mobilize member Monday

It’s Monday and the second-year and third-year locals join the Local Action Project folks working away in Saratoga. LAP, started in 1994, brings together teams to exchange ideas on political action, community outreach and union activism. Just like kindergarten or homeroom, there’s show and tell. Today the Rochester TA, Alexandria Central TA, Buffalo Educational Support […]

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And they say teachers have summers off

Happy Sunday. So it’s 1 p.m. on Sunday July 17 and teams of NYSUT locals are arriving for a week of work in the Local Action Project. Today is just for the newbies to the program. They are Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Faculty Association/Pulaski Teachers Association, the Amsterdam TA, Chatham Central School TA, Indian River Education Association, Sayville […]

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Chili warms up two communities


Cortland United Teachers and the Homer Teachers Association whipped up their best recipes of chili to be judged by spectators of the Cortland Vs. Homer Boys Basketball Feb. 11. 22 entries of chili that were divided into three categories; traditional, hottest and non-traditional.  Many people from the community picked up a spoon and treated their […]

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In Homer, NY, it’s what they do


Members of the Homer Teachers Association, like members in many other unions, are talented, professional and giving, very giving. This holiday season Katie Dwyer, 3rd grade teacher at Homer Intermediate School and her husband, P.J. Dwyer, a 2nd grade teacher at Hartnett Elementary School in Truxton,  spread the word  to the HTA about a wonderful […]

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