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    • NYSUT statement on NLRB ruling on organizing efforts

      The following is a statement by NYSUT President Karen E. Magee, reacting to yesterday’s National Labor Relations Board ruling on contract employee organizing efforts:

      "NYSUT celebrates this decision. Far too many of our students have graduated into a discouraging world of temporary or contract employment without the fair pay and benefits they deserve.  Now, new generations of workers — whose dreams have been too long deferred by the dominance of exploitive profiteers — have the hope of a voice in the workplace and the advantages that their own unions can provide."

      New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

    • Hundreds rally for ‘fair’ness for public education

      You could not miss them. Hundreds of educators from Central New York walking through booths, the midway, agriculture buildings, dairy buildings and past stages of musicians at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. Often, they erupted into chants of “Let us teach!”

      Today was opening day of the state fair and education unionists were out in force — nearly 1,000 strong. They spoke with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul about how public education has been harmed by over-testing, underfunding and over-the-top negativity. They spoke to parents and the public. They shared their message with anyone who would listen. 

      Public education advocates — teachers, school-related professionals, social workers, retirees, higher education faculty, band instructors, coaches, physical education teachers and nurses, joined by parents and children — came from Syracuse, Wayne, the Finger Lakes, North Rose Wolcott, Thousand Islands, Saranac Lake, Remsen, Baldwinsville, Rondout Valley, West Hill, Ballston Spa, Mohonasen, Mexico, Copenhagen, Hannibal, Liverpool, Chittenango and Sandy Creek, among others. Their voices made up a powerful map of the state.

      Beth Chetney, president of the 440-member Baldwinsville TA, met with the Hochul. They discussed over-testing and underfunding. They discussed negativity and respect. 

      "Gov. Cuomo has not been listening to parents and teachers," Chetney said as clusters of people began meeting outside the fairgrounds at 8 am. "We want him to visit a classroom, maybe! He needs to support public (education).”

      Chetney came to the event — organized and promoted by a grassroots coalition of NYSUT’s Central New York locals and leaders — bolstered by 270 of her members, parents and students. 

      Many local union members were stopped by TV camera crews and interviewed on the spot. Others gave radio interviews. Everyone was a spokesperson. The local cable channel taped the crowd at noon in a central gathering place.

      "We're setting our weakest kids up for failure, at a time when we should be teaching them a love for learning," said Andy Voigt, Chittenango TA, noting that state standardized tests are often not developmentally appropriate . His district has lost about 30 teaching positions in the last 10 years. Class sizes have increased and at least one teacher was cut from every core subject area in middle school, he said. 

      Kim McEvoy is a senior account clerk with Rondout Valley Federation of Teachers who took a vacation day to make the long drive for the cause. Like others, she ducked raindrops off and on throughout the day as groups gathered in different areas throughout the grounds.

      It's important for everyone to get involved with political action, she said.

      Meanwhile, NYSUT has a standing presence at the fair with a booth set up for the duration of the annual event, where local members volunteer to greet the public and hand out back-to-school materials. The NYSUT booth is in the Center of Progress Building; the fair concludes on Labor Day.

    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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