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17 January 2019

  • Womens committees form statewide to address concerns and empower members

    This weekend’s women’s rallies will be a springboard to launch a union-based Western New York Women’s Committee to deal with roadblocks and resistance that females face at work and in their community.

    The group will be the newest link in a chain of nascent women’s committees statewide working to raise women’s voices personally, professionally and politically — all of them spinoffs from NYSUT’s own statewide Women’s Committee.

    “Although opportunities and improvements have been made, there continue to be inequities for women in the workforce: salary, family medical and leave options, and accessible and affordable childcare,” said Kenmore Teachers Association union

  • Discounts for educators from First Book and NEA

    Discounts for educators are available from First Book & NEA to celebrate the 21st annual Read Across America, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

    First Book is proud to partner with the NEA to highlight a wide range of engaging and diverse stories. Celebrate Read Across America every day with these amazing books!

    What is Read Across America?

    NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.


  • She wishes she'd been home when the union busters came knocking

    Second-grade teacher Angela M. wishes she had been home when an uninvited representative of New Choice NY stopped by her home to try and convince her to drop her union membership.

    When she saw the door hanger urging her to give herself “a raise,” the upstate educator was furious.

    “It was upsetting to read the misleading information and blatant lies being placed on the doors in my neighborhood,” she said. “As a strong supporter of my teachers union, I felt violated knowing someone was at my home in an attempt to attack the union.”

    If she had been home for the unwelcome visit, Angela would have told the $25-an-hour solicitor why she believes so strongly in the union.

  • NYSUT statement on Gov. Cuomo’s budget presentation

    ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2019 — NYSUT President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget presentation and State of the State remarks:

    “This legislative session represents a historic opportunity to invest in our future. As we review the details of the Governor’s proposed budget, we look forward to working with lawmakers and the Governor to add additional funding for K-12 and higher education, to immediately fix New York’s broken teacher evaluation system, and to fully fund SUNY and CUNY.”

    Budget Documents

  • NYSUT reacts to passage of GENDA and anti-conversion therapy bill

    ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2019 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta today released a statement following the Senate and Assembly’s passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the anti-conversion therapy bill, both of which NYSUT has long advocated for.

    The GENDA bill would prohibit discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their perceived gender identity or expression, including the transgender population. The anti-conversion therapy bill would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual-orientation change efforts or “conversion therapy” for patients younger than 18.

    Pallotta said, “Passage of these two bills is great