NYSUT Member Briefing - Nov. 5, 2021

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Scranton Fed on strike!

After working four years without a contract, 800 teachers and paraprofessionals of the Scranton (Pa.) Federation of Teachers went out on strike this week for better teaching and learning conditions. Sign this petition to tell the governor and the district to stop the cuts and negotiate a fair contract.

  • Solid! After five weeks on strike with solidarity and support from many NYSUT locals and other unions in Western New York, CWA has reached a groundbreaking tentative agreement at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and St. Joe's Hospital. On Twitter, CWA thanked NYSUT members for their "kindness and support" on the picket lines including "Teacher Tuesdays."

SRP conference offers inspiration

“I want you to find the power that’s inside you,” said NYSUT Vice President Ron Gross, in a keynote speech to a roomful of School-Related Professionals gathered last weekend. It was NYSUT’s first in-person conference since COVID-19 shut everything down in March 2020.

Elections: A night to remember

To call this week’s election results a mixed bag would be an understatement. Still, NYSUT enjoyed some big wins. Among the highlights, eight NYSUT members were elected to office, and three are in races that were too close to call.

As part of a massive effort in county legislature elections by Monroe CCFA, NYSUT member John Baynes fended off a challenge from self-funded opponents who openly ran against the values of teachers unions. In Central New York, BOCES teacher Terry Cuddy was re-elected to Auburn City Council as the leading vote getter. Christina Calarco, a high school science teacher, picked up a Cayuga County legislature seat in her first run as a pipeline candidate. In Western New York, two NYSUT members and pipeline candidates, Jill O’Malley and Megan Comerford appear to have won races for Tonawanda and Hamburg town councils, respectively. Congratulations to all the NYSUT members who ran for office this cycle!


More news

  • ELT offers “Reducing Stress, Cultivating Calm,” a seminar designed to assist educators in dealing with stress. Education is one of the more stressful professions, and ELT created this training to help you effectively manage the increasing demands and stress in your personal and professional life. Here are more topics for Getting Back On Track (nysut.org).
  • Did you know the state is implementing new physical education standards? NYSUT’s Health, Physical Education and Family and Consumer Science Committee has created a new web page with helpful resources. You’ll also find an online questionnaire asking how the implementation is going in your district.
  • Feb. 1 is the deadline to submit article proposals for the next issue of Educator's Voice, NYSUT's professional journal. The topic should be Sustaining Democracy through Civics Education.
  • ICYMI, you can watch a recording of the NYSUT/TESOL webinar “What makes an effective co-teaching team?
  • Visit NYSUT’s SRP Recognition Day web page for promotional tips, innovative celebration ideas and other helpful resources for download. Local presidents may order ”SRPs Rock” pins for local members and sets of super hero posters (leader login required) free of charge.
  • NYSUT continues its extremely popular online Student Debt Webinars Nov. 9 and 18. Register online now for one of these helpful sessions.
  • Please donate to NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund. The 501(c)3 can help union members impacted by recent hurricanes and tropical storms. Go to NYSUT.org/DisasterRelief to apply for assistance.


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