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    • Women are rising and letting their collective voices be heard

      A lot of attention will be focused on women’s issues this weekend in speeches, gatherings and rallies, and NYSUT women are doing their part to ensure those issues remain front and center as they organize local committees statewide and support women candidates for office.

      “We have a yearly platform that gets worldwide coverage and attention and elevates our issues to the front page of papers, all over social media… and the evening news,” said Jolene DiBrango, NYSUT executive vice president. “We still have a long way to go when it comes to income equality, laws that protect women against violence, and issues pertaining to women's health. On an international scale, we still have far too many women who don't have equal access to education and proper health services.”

      NYSUT women are taking a stand politically, too.

      “After generations of being forced to lower our voices and to take a backseat to others, we’re finally taking our seat at the table of governance,” said Molly Reilly, a teacher and mayor of Sackets Harbor in rural Jefferson County. “I also hope that the growing number of female voices in leadership is only the beginning.

      “Thanks to our votes, 2019 is shaping up to be an historic year for women—from the groundbreaking number of women seated in the 116th Congress to the election of U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi to the position of House Speaker,” added Reilly, a member of the Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES Professional Association.

      Kelley Hawksley, president of the Beaver River Teachers Association in Herkimer County, said she finds the growing women’s movement similar to the suffragette movement.

      “In any activity you have strength in numbers… It’s very important to be visual,” said Hawksley.

      Hawksley said women in the North Country face a wide array of challenges, including quality childcare, equal pay for equal work, cultural opportunity, employment opportunities, health care, respect from male coworkers and students, and access to educational opportunities. There is a high rate of poverty in her region, too, and feelings of isolation can be a big issue, she said.

      “I just helped a student today with an application for HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program). She’s the highest functioning member of her family,” said the rural math teacher, whose district is in a town where there is a gas station, dollar store, candy shop and one operating paper mill.

      Kathy Briggs, a music teacher and president of the Lake Placid Educators Association, said three of the most pressing issues facing women in her region face are the lack of affordable day care, lack of medical specialists – including mental health professionals – and domestic abuse and the stigma surrounding it.

      Briggs said she has one colleague who drives 40 miles a day for day care. Meanwhile, she said other colleagues have to drive several hours to Glens Falls or Burlington, Vt. for most types of specialty medicine, including dermatology.

      There are also even heavier concerns.

      “The rates of domestic abuse are higher in the North Country than other parts of the state. St. Lawrence County just hired three additional staff members to handle the high caseload of child abuse and neglect cases there,” Briggs said.

      Paul Pecorale, NYSUT second vice president, said that, in his travels throughout the state, he sees inequities in women’s health care even for women with health insurance. There should be a normalized, proper care for health necessities, said Pecorale, who will be walking to lend his voice to women’s causes and concerns.

      DiBrango has been encouraging NYSUT women to start women’s committees in their own local unions. Sandie Carner-Shafran is one of the women union leaders who heeded that call.

      “What inspired me was being part of NYSUT’s first women’s conference, then the women’s committee. Jolene said to go out and build it,” she said. “We’re going to take this on.”

      The fledgling SABEA women’s committee will meet Jan. 29 to hone their areas of concern, then officially kick off the committee Feb. 26 at a meeting that DiBrango will attend.

      Quoting author and activist G.D. Anderson, DiBrango said: “’Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength.’”

      “Women,” DiBrango said, “are rising all over the state and nation and letting their collective voices be heard. We won't stop showing up and speaking out until women have equal rights in all aspects of their lives.”

    • NYSUT Candidate Pipeline 2.0: Regional Trainings

      The world would be a better place if you ran for office!

      One of the clearest lessons of the 2018 elections was that when more good people run for office, more good people are elected. Similarly, when more pro-education candidates run, more pro-education candidates win.

      It's that simple.

      And that's the idea behind the NYSUT Candidate Pipeline for our members.

      Interested in running for office in New York? Check out the locations, schedule and contact info below for the NYSUT Candidate Pipeline 2.0!

      From your local school board to city hall to Albany and beyond, you can make a difference by running for office!

      NYSUT Candidate Pipeline 2.0: Regional Calendar

      Dates are subject to change. Please contact your Regional Political Organizer for additional information.

      Capital District

      • Session Dates: #1 February 6; #2 February 13; #3 February 27; #4 March 6; #5 March 13; #6 March 27
      • Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
      • Location: NYSUT Capital District Regional Office, 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY, 12110-2455
      • Regional Political Organizer: Randy Gunther, (518) 231-8199, rgunther@nysutmail.org


      • Session Dates: #1 March 11; #2 March 18; #3 March 25; #4 April 8; #5 April 15; #6 April 22, 2019
      • Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
      • Location: NYSUT Nassau Regional Office, 1000 Woodbury Road, Woodbury,NY, 11797
      • Regional Political Organizer: Jeff Friedman, (516) 670-7834, jfriedma@nysutmail.org


      • Session Dates: #1 February 28; #2 March 7; #3 March 14; #4 March 21; #5 March 28; #6 April 4, 2019
      • Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
      • Location: NYSUT Rochester Regional Office, Union Place, 30 North Union Street, Rochester, NY, 14607
      • Regional Political Organizer: Paul Hypolite, (937) 207-5337, phypolit@nysutmail.org

      Southern Tier

      • Session Dates: #1 February 28; #2 March 7; #3 March 14; #4 March 21, 2019 #5 March 28; #6 April 4, 2019
      • Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
      • Location: NYSUT Southern Tier Regional Office, 305 Vestal Parkway West, Vestal, NY, 13850
      • Regional Political Organizer: Ian Phillips, (315) 406-4386, iphillip@nysutmail.org


      • Session Dates: #1 February 27; #2 March 6; #3 March 11; #4 March 18; #5 March 26; #6 April 5, 2019
      • Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
      • Location: NYSUT Tarrytown Regional Office, 520 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591
      • Regional Political Organizer: Mike Grubiak, (914) 391-8850, mgrubiak@nysutmail.org

      Western NY

      • Session Dates: #1 February 13; #2 February 27; #3 March 13; #4 March 20; #5 March 27; #6 April 3, 2019
      • Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • Location: NYSUT Western NY Regional Office, Centerpointe Corporate Park, 270 Essjay Road, Williamsville, NY 14221-8276
      • Regional Political Organizer: Louisa Pacheco, (716) 560-3880, lpacheco@nysutmail.org


    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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