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    • Women’s committees are forming in local unions across the state to address concerns and empower members

      This weekend’s women’s rallies will be a springboard to launch a union-based Western New York Women’s Committee to deal with roadblocks and resistance that females face at work and in their community.

      The group will be the newest link in a chain of nascent women’s committees statewide working to raise women’s voices personally, professionally and politically — all of them spinoffs from NYSUT’s own statewide Women’s Committee.

      “Although opportunities and improvements have been made, there continue to be inequities for women in the workforce: salary, family medical and leave options, and accessible and affordable childcare,” said Kenmore Teachers Association union activist Elaine Ablove.

      The committee work began with a gathering earlier this week. In the house were Erie County women from Kenmore TA, West Seneca TA and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, who filled out information cards listing the issues important to them.

      “Our intention is to create an atmosphere of interest and concern in one another. We know of many issues women face. However, we do not know which of these issues deeply resonate for our union sisters,” Ablove said.

      Ablove and co-creator Cheryl Hughes agree that working on women’s issues with the union means starting with a powerful foundation and creating a movement that enables each member to be empowered.

      I’m loving the energy in WNY. It’s wonderful to see so many strong, fierce #NYSUTwomen getting ready to raise their collective voices this weekend on behalf of their sisters everywhere❣️
      ✌🏻💗✊🏻@NYSUTWomensComm https://t.co/lmHWLymbaP

      — Jolene DiBrango (@nysutEVP) January 15, 2019

      Since NYSUT established a statewide Women’s Committee in 2017, more local unions are starting groups. There is a wide base to cull from: 76 percent of NYSUT’s membership is women.

      Karen Arthmann — president of the Rush Henrietta Employees Association and a member of the NYSUT committees for women, School-Related Professionals and civil and human rights — is laying groundwork to form a women’s group with union sisters at BOCES I in Fairport.

      “The national women’s movement, as well as NYSUT’s campaign to empower women, certainly has inspired us to go local,” Arthmann said. “It has to start at home. You can’t go to Washington to march, or to Albany to be on a committee, if you don’t do your hard work at home.”

      In the North Country, members of the Massena Federation of Teachers formed their women’s committee in October. Like most any professional gathering of teachers, education will be part of their conversations.

      “The committee offers women educational opportunities surrounding self care, harassment, medical/insurance issues, and a group to turn to when support is needed,” said English teacher and leader Andrea Vierno. “We see issues that are related to retirement incentives. If a woman has used time for maternity leave and child care, particularly if it was taken without pay, it creates a loss of seniority and qualifications for retirement incentives.”

      On the college level, union sisters at United College Employees working at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City also formed a committee last fall.

      “Women’s issues were repeatedly brought to the UCE for future negotiations,” said union president Roberta Elins, adding that since the faculty has expertise in various subjects, members would be tapped to provide educational speakers on topics the committee is eager to learn about.

      “The initial goals are to have the women of our committee start by prioritizing what they want to see happen both at FIT and externally,” she said. “We are going to let the members chart the course. Some of the items will be bargaining items. Other goals are political action.”

    • Discounts for educators from First Book and NEA

      Discounts for educators are available from First Book & NEA to celebrate the 21st annual Read Across America, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

      First Book is proud to partner with the NEA to highlight a wide range of engaging and diverse stories. Celebrate Read Across America every day with these amazing books!

      What is Read Across America?

      NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

      For discounts go here.  For more information on Read Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross.

    LTA Blog

    Stand Up For What All Kids Need

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    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for 2015-2016 lays out a punishing anti-public education agenda that attacks teachers and hurts students.

    Rather than provide what all kids need, the governor is pushing a Billionaires' Agenda that would decimate the state's public schools. His "my-way-or-the-highway" budget would:

    • hold school aid increases hostage;
    • woefully underfund the state's K-12 and higher education systems;
    • more than double the weight of standardized tests;
    • make permanent an undemocratic tax cap that has wreaked financial havoc on school communities;
    • eliminate funding for teacher training;
    • launch a back-door voucher plan that would siphon funding away from schools most in need;
    • underfund public higher education by tying funding to campus "performance" rather than enrollment;
    • smooth the way for the privatization of SUNY's five hospitals;
    • destroy prep programs for future teachers;
    • and fail to fully address the student debt crisis.

    Simply put, Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget - which serves the interests of his billionaire backers - is an attack on public education that fails to address what all students need.

    Things you can do right now to fight back.

    Every NYSUT member is needed to defend public education and the teaching profession from Gov. Cuomo's Billionaires' Agenda.

    Tell the governor to stop scapegoating... stop teacher bashing and focus on what #AllKidsNeed.

    Here's your to-do list.

    Take action on this week's campaigns.

    The latest actions will always be right here in the No. 1 spot.

    Call your state senator. Now.

    • Stop what you're doing and call your state senator with this message: stand up to the Governor's "Bigfoot" tactics and defend our outstanding New York public schools!
    • You can look up the number at the NYSUT Member Action Center.

    Sign up for MAC text alerts!

    Take 10 seconds and sign up for MAC text alerts on your phone!

    Here's how: Text the word "NYSUT" to the contact number 38470.

    Sign the petitions.

    Call out the governor.

    • Invite the governor to visit your class to learn what #AllKidsNeed. Tweet out an invite directly at him and be sure to include his Twitter handle @NYGovCuomo and the hashtag #InviteCuomo if you want your tweet to be seen and heard.
    • Not on Twitter? See step 8.

    Get connected to the MAC.

    • BY TEXT. Get real-time text messages about urgent news and actions by texting the word NYSUT to the number 38470.
    • BY EMAIL. Subscribe to the NYSUT Member Action Center email alerts for updates on this campaign. If you're registered via email as a NYSUT MAC e-activist you'll also be the first to know about upcoming rallies, protests and more.
    • BY APP. Download the NYSUT MAC App for your iPhone or for your Android phone. Be sure notifications are enabled to receive alerts on new action items.

    Get connected on Facebook.

    Get connected on Twitter.

    • Join Twitter and follow @NYSUT to be part of the social media army.
    • Once a day (or as often as possible) tweet your thoughts on what #AllKidsNeed - more science labs, music and art classes, school libraries, smaller class sizes and more. We're reminding the governor to focus on what matters! Follow the conversation in real-time for some great examples from parents and educators.

    Share the poster.

    Wear the button.

    Take part in community forums.

    • Keep an eye on nysut.org/allkidsneed for information on upcoming NYSUT-sponsored Community Forums to Save Public Education in every region of the state.

    Talk it up.

    • Get the conversation going - online and offline. Read "Where We Stand" and use it to craft social media messages, send letters to the editor, and brief friends and colleagues.
    • Circulate and share print materials and videos.

    Support "Take Action Tuesday."

    • Mark your calendar to support NYSUT's "Take Action Tuesday" every week. Be on the lookout for updates.

    Learn more at www.nysut.org/allkidsneed.

     

    Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:10)

     

    Member Alert Program

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    There are so many member benefits, that it can be hard to keep track of them all.
    The NYSUT Member Benefits MAP (Member Alert Program) email blast service keeps you informed through a brief email message every three weeks.
    You can join MAP on the NYSUT website, at http://www.nysut.org/49.htm

    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:58)

     

    Nysut Action Center Mobile App

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    NYSUT action center now has an app for smartphones that makes it very easy to take action. It is available in the app store for free.



    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:38)

     
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