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    • NYSUT recommends endorsement of Brindisi for Congress

      ALBANY, N.Y. Nov. 20, 2017 — New York State United Teachers today embraced the candidacy of Anthony Brindisi for Congress, saying the Utica-area state assemblyman is a fighter for public education and the middle class who would champion the interests of working people in the 22nd congressional District.

      The union’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to recommend Brindisi’s early endorsement to its national affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. It comes just days after the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, betrayed her constituents by voting in favor of a tax bill that provided most of its benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, while eliminating key deductions for state and local taxes that help middle-class families in the 22nd District.

      NYSUT President Andy Pallotta noted that, while in the Assembly, Brindisi has been a stalwart supporter of public education and policies that benefit working families.

      “Middle-class families in the Mohawk Valley can count on Anthony Brindisi to fight for their interests in Washington. He is a true champion and the kind of leader the 22nd District needs to stand up to those who are rigging the system in favor of big corporations and the wealthy.”

      In recommending Brindisi’s early endorsement, NYSUT will ensure the union’s phone-banking operations and strong “ground game” get behind the Democrat’s candidacy.

      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.

    • House approves big bad tax bill

      House Republicans voted today to turn their backs on working families and passed their so-called tax reform bill.

      The bill eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes, deductions for student loan interest, tuition expenses, and even the deduction for educators' out-of-pocket school supplies. We commend New York congressional Republicans Dan Donovan, Peter King, Lee Zeldin, John Faso and Elise Stefanik — and the entire Democratic New York delegation — for listening to their constituents and voting "no" on this horrible plan.

      This fight is not over; as the bill moves to the Senate, NYSUT will keep up the pressure to stop the tax giveaways to the wealthy at the expense of hardworking New Yorkers.

      Here are statements from NYS AFL-CIO, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who calls the proposal a "tax scam."  

      • AFT (click to view)

        AFT on House Tax Vote

        WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten following the House vote on the GOP tax proposal:

        “So much for the party of Lincoln and a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” The Republican House just voted to radically transform our economy to further benefit the wealthy, corporations and their donors at the expense of working-class folks.

        “It’s crystal clear who loses in this bill: anyone who owns a house or is hoping to become a homeowner; teachers who count on a deduction to defray the money they spend out of their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms; people with long-term or chronic illness, who will no longer be able to deduct their medical expenses; students and those with student loan debt, who won’t be able to deduct student loan interest or tuition assistance; union members, who deduct their union dues; public schools, parents and students; and states and local communities that, because of the loss of the state and local tax deduction, won’t be able to fund the services people depend on, including first responders. And the winners are those who are already wealthy and powerful, who will get huge tax breaks and benefits from this bill.

        “We thank the Republican members who had the courage to stand up for the people in their districts over President Trump, Paul Ryan and Republican donors by voting against this bill. It’s now up to the Senate to reject this cruel and heartless proposal and focus on a tax agenda that helps the middle class instead of ripping away economic opportunity and security from the American people.”

      • NEA (click to view)

        NEA President: tax cut is giveaway to wealthiest paid for by students and working families

        Bill would risk funding for 250,000 education jobs by eliminating most state and local tax deduction

        WASHINGTON - November 16, 2017 - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a multi-trillion dollar tax plan that funds tax breaks for the wealthiest and corporations on the backs of students and working families. The bill, championed by Republican leaders, eliminates a popular tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250. The bill also expands a tax loophole for the wealthiest to pay for private school expenses while cutting tax deductions for the middle class. The elimination of most of the state and local tax deductions would blow a hole in the state and local revenues that support public education and would risk funding for nearly 250,000 education jobs.

        NEA President Lily Eskelsen García released the following statement:

        “Hypocrisy is at the heart of the tax plan approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives. It reveals the ill-conceived and misguided priorities of Republican leaders. Repeatedly, their plan takes from working families to pay for massive tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy: it eliminates the state and local deduction for people but keeps it for corporations. It eliminates the educator tax deduction for school supplies but allows corporations to continue to claim deductions for supplies they purchase. It eliminates the student loan deduction but opens a new loophole for wealthy families to sock away money to pay for private school tuition.

        “It is irresponsible to put funding for 250,000 education jobs at risk and cuts to public education. It is outrageous to expand education tax loopholes for wealthy families to stash away money for private school. Make no mistake: this poorly veiled and risky voucher program will only benefit those who can already afford private school tuition at the expense of our students and neighborhood public schools – where nine out of 10 children attend.

        “As educators spend more and more of their own funds each year to buy basic essentials for their students and classrooms, Republican leaders chose to ignore the sacrifice made by those who work in our nation’s public schools to make sure students have adequate books, pencils, paper and art supplies. This is highly hypocritical especially since some Republicans voted to make this deduction permanent in 2015. Now they want to eliminate it.

        “We’ve been down this road before. Lawmakers pass massive tax cuts then come back later demanding huge cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and education to ‘pay for’ the tax breaks for wealthy people and corporations who are not paying their fair share before getting new tax breaks. As with their health care debacle this year, Republican leaders are rushing to pass a massive, partisan bill that impacts every American household, critical public services like education, and our economy without giving it the scrutiny and deliberation it deserves. The American people demand Congress reject this reckless plan.”

      • NYS AFL-CIO (click to view)

        Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Passage of the House Tax Plan

        ALBANY --- Our Representatives in Washington DC had a choice to make; stand up for low and middle-income taxpayers of New York State or buckle under pressure from big corporations and side with their wealthy donors. Sadly, several of our Representatives turned their backs on working people by voting for the House tax plan that in reality is a tax scam.

        Representatives Tom Reed, Chris Collins, Claudia Tenney, and John Katko all showed a blatant disregard for the needs and concerns of all working men and women. They chose to cut taxes for the wealthiest 1 percent of New Yorkers, while eliminating tax breaks for the rest of us causing harm to the very people who entrusted them to do what is right. Their vote punishes working people by eliminating the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes, deductions for student loan interest, tuition expenses, and even deductions educators rely on for out-of-pocket school supplies. To add insult to injury, the plan would be paid for, in part, by drastically cutting Medicaid, Medicare and education. Their betrayal will not be forgotten.

        We commend Representatives Dan Donovan, Peter King, Lee Zeldin, John Faso, and Elise Stefanik, as well as the entire Democratic New York Delegation for voting “no” on the plan.

        This fight is not over. We will continue to work over the coming weeks to stop tax giveaways to those who need them the least at the expense of hardworking New Yorkers.

    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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