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    • School-Related Professionals are 'fighting for our union'

      School-Related Professionals who drive buses, serve food, clean buildings, and serve as secretaries and security personnel will gather this weekend in Albany for NYSUT’s statewide professional development conference, at which they will welcome 59 newcomers and another 150 returning members.

      And when they do, they’ll learn about a new state law providing them with enhanced employment protections that aim to prevent unfair terminations. The legislation ensures workers now receive due process, and have the right to union representation, as well as written notice of all charges brought against them.

      Covered under the new law are members working in transportation, clerical, food service, buildings and grounds, and other SRP titles. Previously, public-sector labor-class employees only had these rights if they were included in collective bargaining agreements.

      Those attending this weekend’s conference will also be reflecting on NYSUT’s successful summer and autumn campaigns to keep members in the union and attract new hires. Since the Janus Supreme Court decision allowing people to opt out of paying mandatory dues despite enjoying the benefits of union membership such as collective bargaining, NYSUT members have been out visiting colleagues and explaining to them why it’s worth sticking with their union. It’s this type of grassroots organizing that leads to stronger workplace rights, such as the new legislation guaranteeing due-process protections.

      “I had great experiences talking with members. It was almost life changing. We are a phenomenal group of people,” said Claudia Leone, a member of NYSUT’s SRP Advisory Committee and a Brocton TA who knocked on doors in Chautauqua County this summer to speak with fellow SRPs.

      “I met a lot of hardworking SRPs. Some single moms, some working two jobs to make ends meet,” she said. “I met a cafeteria worker raising her grandchildren. It was very emotional for me talking with these women.

      “It’s tough for a lot of people. We have to bring everyone up.

      Being in a union helps workers have a collective voice to call for being paid a living wage, workers’ rights on the job, and job security,” said Leone, a teaching assistant who learned Braille to help a visually impaired student with homework assignments, review sheets and testing.

      Leone said the experience of going out and speaking one-on-one with members this past summer was not her first rodeo: she also did so before the 2017 Constitutional Convention vote.

      “I keep wearing out shoes,” she said with a chuckle. “It’s a good cause we’re fighting for. It’s our livelihood. We’re fighting for our union. And we’re connecting with our members.”

      “Never forget,” said Kimberley McEvoy, chair of the NYSUT SRP Advisory Committee, “that being in a union secures a safer working environment, benefits, salary, how many hours a day we work, and workers’ rights.”

      A member of the Rondout Valley Federation of Teachers and SRPs, McEvoy said, “I’m proud to say we’re a 100-percent local, including all 9 new SRP’s who became union members.”

      McEvoy, who works in her district’s business office, said this weekend’s conference — providing important professional-development credits and resources such as coursework through NYSUT’s Education and Learning Trust — is just another example of what the statewide union offers its members.

      SRPs also will be donating books this through this year’s conference to the Syracuse City School District, as well as raising money for the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, which helps members in need.

      “Overall,” said McEvoy, “the conference is a chance for union sisters and brothers to share strategies, education and community.”


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    • NYSUT 2019 award nominations must be submitted by December 3rd

      Award nominations for the following NYSUT awards are due by December 3rd.

      Submit nominations for these 2019 NYSUT Awards:

      • 2019 NYSUT Constituency Awards Nomination Form
      • "Not for Ourselves Alone" Sandy Feldman Award Nomination Form
      • Sandy Feldman Leadership Grant Application
      • Community Service Award Nomination Form:
        • Community Service by Local Union
        • Community Service by Individual Member or Members
      • NYSUT Life Line Honor Roll Nomination Form
      • Ken Kurzweil Social Justice Recognition Award Form

      Download forms here.

    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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