Thanks for all you’ve done, for all you do

While testing dominates the conversation at the pre-RA conference, gratitude was threaded throughout the dialogue that local and retiree council presidents had with NYSUT’s five officers. “Thank you for the relief effort you are doing,” Tomia Smith, president of the Massapequa Federation of Teachers, told the nearly 400 local leaders and the union officers. “It […]

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Workers’ rights (get your video here)

It’s the video everybody wants. It combines video from Wisconsin with some of the rallies here in New York. The music is Steve Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now.”

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The inside scoop on a new video competition

Human rights activist and Shanker award winner Kerry Kennedy gave delegates a scoop Thursday night, sharing the news that NYSUT and the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights will be partnering on a new initiative — a video competition for student filmmakers that will commence in the next academic year.

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Badges of honor


As Ellen Schuler Mauk’s delegate badge makes clear, these credentials can read like road maps of union activism. Her badge indicates her role as a NYSUT Board member as well as president of the Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College.

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Behind the black curtain


Have you ever wondered what’s behind the black curtain at the RA? The discreet drapery covers the command center for the lights, camera and action that amplify speakers for the vast audience.

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VIDEO: United We Lead

This video, which opened the convention Thursday night, is also online at NYSUT’s YouTube channel.

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Have a smartphone? Visit

The mobile-enhanced site offers the latest convention news and headlines, links to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube – and more.

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Paying tribute to retiring members of the NYSUT Board


NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi, center in back row, stands with retiring board members who were recognized for their dedicated and tireless service to NYSUT.

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We are here! We are here!

2:30 p.m. On site and ready to go, but there’s just a few glitches. Like no Internet yet so we are all working off handhelds. Dave Adkins heads the Information Technology crew that is working hard at getting us connected. NYSUT essentially moves it’s Headquarters operation to the site of the convention each year. It”s […]

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MLK III on why “We Are One” events are so important

Hundreds of events happened Monday under the “We Are One” banner to support workers rights. Read why his son thinks Martin Luther King Jr. would be supporting public employees today. “We Are One” is about all the attacks against collective bargaining, which started in Wisconsin. On Tuesday there are two elections which could tell us […]

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