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    • NYSUT statement on withdrawal of Andy Puzder's nomination as U.S. Labor Secretary

      ALBANY, N.Y. Feb. 15, 2017 -- New York State United Teachers today released the following statement after the withdrawal under fire of Andy Puzder's nomination as U.S. Labor Secretary:

      "The withdrawal of Andy Puzder's nomination reminds us of the power of our collective voices. It reflects the power of those voices, speaking out for workers, to force change."

      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.

    • SHOW THE LOVE: NYSUT backs $2.1 billion funding hike; extending millionaire’s tax; and closing tax loophole

      ALBANY, N.Y.  Feb. 14, 2017 – New York State United Teachers today backed the Regents’ call for a $2.1 billion state aid increase, and urged the Legislature to extend the millionaire’s tax and close the carried interest loophole to bring in badly needed revenue to support student learning.

      In kicking off its “Public School Proud” campaign on Valentine’s Day, with red-and-white buttons and calls to “show the love” for public education, NYSUT acknowledged the Legislature’s support for increasing school aid over the past several years. However, NYSUT said that, with a 1.26 percent tax cap for 2016-17 on top of last year’s 0.12 percent cap, the state must invest $1.5 billion just to maintain academic programs and staff.

      “Our public schools are working. Graduation rates are rising and we are putting more of a focus on teaching and learning instead of testing,” said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. “And, while the proposed executive budget puts public education on the right path, we must continue to work together to help districts fund programs and $600 million in needed enhancements that went by the wayside during the economic downturn.”

      NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta said this year’s tax cap will harm the ability of local school districts to raise funding from their communities.  “The 1.26 percent cap is not even the promised 2 percent,” he said. “School districts statewide will only be able to generate $200 million in local funds, and this places an even greater importance on school aid from Albany.  For many school districts, state aid will be the only additional source of revenue.”

      Pallotta said NYSUT also strongly supports maintaining the long-standing Foundation Aid formula, but is open to tweaks to update it and make it more progressive. He noted the Foundation Formula is a neutral measurement that spells out the ability of school districts to provide their students with the sound, basic education guaranteed by the state Constitution. “While the state has fallen far short of fully funding the formula, we believe the formula serves a vital purpose for school districts,” he said.

      In testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees, Pallotta urged lawmakers to restore fairness to state tax collections by extending the expiring “millionaire’s tax” and enacting the Assembly’s progressive tax plan for the state’s highest earners. Doing so would generate about $5.6 billion to support public education, health care and infrastructure improvements, Pallotta said.

      Pallotta also pressed the Legislature to close the “carried interest” tax loophole, which lets partners at private equity firms and hedge funds pay a greatly reduced federal tax rate on much of their income by declaring it to be capital gains. “We believe in fairness,” Pallotta said. “Ordinary income earned by hedge fund operators and private equity firms should be treated exactly the same as ordinary income earned by kindergarten teachers, nurses and truck drivers — and doing so would bring in roughly $3.5 billion a year to support middle-class families.”

      NYSUT also testified in support of additional funding for community schools; again called for the repeal of the state’s receivership law; and called for expanded funding for early childhood programs, teacher professional development, and career and technical education.

      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.


    LTA Blog

    Stand Up For What All Kids Need







    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




    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




    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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