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    • Voters approve 98 percent of school budgets statewide

      ALBANY, N.Y. May 22, 2019 — Voters across New York displayed their pride in their public schools Tuesday by approving 98 percent of school budgets, according to a preliminary estimate by the New York State United Teachers. Voters also elected 29 NYSUT members to school board seats in districts around the state.

      “Parents and community members showed their commitment to strong public education by resoundingly approving school budgets statewide in near-unanimous fashion yet again and electing to school boards educators dedicated to serving their area’s students,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “At a time when resources have been limited, it has never been more important for voters to stay engaged in and support our public school students and their dedicated teachers.”

      NYSUT’s review of 576 school budget votes showed that 566 budgets passed, while just 10 were defeated.

      This year’s 98 percent approval rate follows a trend of strong support for public schools, with 98 percent of budgets passing from 2013 to 2018. Voters approved 98 percent of budgets last year, 99 percent each year from 2017 to 2015, 98.2 percent in 2014 and 95.3 percent in 2013.

      Eighteen school districts sought to override their tax cap in 2019 after the state property tax cap was made permanent earlier this year. Eight of the 10 budgets defeated on Tuesday attempted to override the tax cap.

      “While we were disappointed the tax cap was made permanent earlier this year, NYSUT will not stop fighting for changes to this law to ensure schools are receiving the resources they need to thrive,” Pallotta said.

      NYSUT’s local affiliates also were involved in 229 school board races statewide, with 90 percent of candidates supported by local unions winning election. Volunteers made roughly 52,000 phone calls this election season in support of candidates and school budget votes, in addition to their email, mail and door-to-door canvassing efforts.

      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.



    • Rockland County employees work to stop spread of measles

      UPDATE 5/20/19: Union members continue push to contain measles crisis

      Rockland County provided another free public vaccination clinic in Suffern on Friday to push forward in combating the measles outbreak as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise.

      More than 20,500 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines have been administered since October. said John Fella, president of the Rockland Association of Management, a local union affiliated with NYSUT. “However, this has not abated the crisis.”

      A second state of emergency, declared by County Executive Ed Day, is still in effect until May 25. Health department officials have stressed that measles is a dangerous virus that can have long-term or fatal complications.

      As of May 20, there were 234 confirmed reported cases of measles in Rockland County.

      “RAM and its members continue to educate the residents of the county regarding the health risks to themselves, their family and others,” said Fella, who added that county staffers try to alleviate the fears of those who are resistant to getting vaccinated.

      New York State requires mandatory immunizations in order to attend school, unless the student has a medical or religious exemption. The county has excluded unvaccinated students from school under orders delivered to 16 affected schools on April 16, 2019; 331 students were affected.

      The county’s Department of Health, which has 27 RAM members among its 200 employees, has set up free clinics throughout the county. Vaccines are also offered in the Pomona Rockland County offices at various times, including evenings. For more information, contact 845-364-2520.


      Original Post: 4/1/2019

      In the wake of the measles outbreak in Rockland County and the New York City area, Rockland County employees have been busy setting up vaccination clinics, providing information to the public, and posting notices in schools about the spread of the disease.

      Members of the Rockland Association of Management, a union of 176 people affiliated with NYSUT, have been working to help stop the spread of the disease in a region where 173 cases of measles were reported between December 2018 and April 10 and unvaccinated students are not being allowed to attend school.

      “We’re trying to tell people what the danger is,” said John Fella, president of RAM and deputy commissioner of the county’s Department of Social Services. “Measles can be dangerous for young children, for pregnant women, and for unborn children. If children aren’t immunized, they can’t go to school during this outbreak.”

      Approximately 18,000 measles, mumps and rubella vaccines — also referred to as MMR vaccines — have been administered to individuals throughout the county, Fella said. The county also has set up free clinics through its Department of Health, which has 27 RAM members among 200 employees. The Communicable Disease team is the unit within the Health Department charged with handling this outbreak.

      “We recognize there are different thoughts about vaccination, but clearly this is for the greater good of the community,” Fella said. “Since the outbreak of measles in the county, the Department of Health has aggressively reached out to educate the public regarding the symptoms of measles; encouraging immunization of children between the ages of 1-6.”

      Legal notices also were posted in local schools and public areas.

      The county employees have been joined in combatting the measles outbreak by school and hospital health care professionals who are caring for patients with measles and striving to continue to educate the public. Many of these health care providers are members of NYSUT, and are represented by the Health Care Professionals Council, which is holding its annual forum this weekend in Albany.

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      “We’re trying to tell people what the danger is,” said John Fella, president of RAM and deputy commissioner of the county’s Department of Social Services. Photo provided.

      Nationwide, the Center for Disease Control reports 465 cases of measles this year. The heaviest hit areas are in New York. The last outbreak of measles was in 2000.

      “That outbreak was not as severe as what the county is experiencing in 2018-2019,” Fella said.

      A measles infection can last for several weeks. Symptoms typically start seven to 14 days after exposure. Measles is marked by flat, red spots and rashes. It is very contagious and for a person who is not immune, it can be contracted merely by being in a room where a person with measles has been.

      The disease can spread through the air when a person coughs or sneezes, even up to several hours after that person has left the room. Measles also can be caught from an infected person even before they have symptoms — from four days before they have a rash to four days afterward, according to the New York State Department of Health.

      Confirmed incidents of measles in Rockland County per age-group populations are:

      • 14.3 percent among children under a year old;
      • 28.6 percent for children 1-3 years;
      • 16.1 percent for children 4-6 years old;
      • 26.8 percent for children age 7-18; and
      • 14.3 percent for people age 19 years and older.

       

    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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