ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 25, 2022 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement today on mask wearing in schools:
“Public health experts have been clear that masks are an important part of the strategies designed to keep students, educators and our communities safe. Their current guidance is that masking up is the right thing to do, particularly given the still-elevated infection rates. In the meantime, we’re looking to state health officials to set a clear off-ramp for when mask requirements in schools can be relaxed so students, families and educators have some certainty that there is light at the end of this long tunnel.”
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.
It includes 3 percent salary raises each year and a special recognition bonus for members who have remained working at the hospital throughout the pandemic.
The contract agreement for professional staff at Long Island Community Hospital — which changed its name from Brookhaven Memorial four years ago — includes monetary increases in longevity, call pay and tuition reimbursement. It provides ongoing opportunities for the union to address staffing issues and a commitment to comply with the New York state Safe Staffing Law, enacted last June after a years-long struggle.
Just this past week, Brookhaven Memorial FNHP President Cynthia Lacey said she received texts from members who are still working extended shifts, and others who raised concerns over the number of patients they were responsible for.
“Nurses who are out due to COVID has been a big factor,” Lacey said, adding that nurses who test positive but have no symptoms are still required to go to work.
Respiratory therapists and lab workers are also working mandatory overtime, and nurse practitioners and physician assistants “have been pushed to the limit,” Lacey said.
“And then there’s the emotional aftermath,” she added. She sees her members falling...
ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 21, 2022 — New York State United Teachers today endorsed U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, Attorney General Letitia James and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for re-election.
NYSUT’s Board of Directors voted to endorse the five incumbents late Friday afternoon.
Schumer has long been an ardent supporter of the work of NYSUT members across New York.
“We’re proud to call Sen. Schumer a friend of NYSUT members and organized labor across the state and country,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “From his hard work to secure federal relief funding during the pandemic to his hyper-focused attention on the needs of New Yorkers from Montauk to Buffalo, Sen. Schumer continues to deliver for our state, and we unequivocally endorse him for re-election.”
NYSUT’s endorsement of Hochul is the union’s first endorsement for a gubernatorial candidate since 2006.
“Gov. Hochul has met the challenges we face head-on from Day 1 of her administration, proving she has what it takes to lead New York through the pandemic and to new heights,” Pallotta said. “Her commitment to listening to the needs of our members signals a new day in Albany, and we look forward to working alongside her to ensure we build on our high-quality public education, higher education and health care systems in the next four years.”
Pallotta added that with Benjamin on the ballot, the gubernatorial ticket is all the more formidable.
Many headlines in today’s tumultuous atmosphere will silently point back to the story beneath the story: the need for knowledge and practice of civics education and democracy.
How best to teach those will be explored in the next volume of Educator’s Voice.
Feb. 1 is the deadline to submit your proposal for volume XV, “Sustaining Democracy through Civics Education.”
The country has become noisily divided over issues ranging from the pandemic to racial tension to inclusion to voting. Rules have been changed for who can vote, who counts the votes, and what regions are in what district.
“Understanding the rights and the duties of American citizens is integral to living in a participatory democracy. Civic participation has been decreasing in the United States and trust in the government has also declined,” said NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango. “Civics education, now more than ever, is vital to sustaining the democratic structures that are inherently part of this nation’s fabric and that set this country apart from many others.”
Educators across disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals about how they are teaching to these concerns. If accepted, completed articles will be due May 9;...
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