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NYSUT Member Briefing - Sep. 20, 2019

Join the team to fight breast cancer

Form your local union teams now for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in October. Last year, NYSUT members generated more than $722,000 in donations. Don't forget to register with ACS under NYSUT's Flagship sponsorship.

NYSUT Member Briefing - Sep. 27, 2019

NYSUT-backed bus camera law helps keep kids safe

The stop-arm camera law enacted this summer is already working. "One of our drivers had a car pass her while she was stopped with the lights on. We were able to get the plate number and we took it to the cops, and it worked," said Charlie Jones, a bus driver in Bethlehem, near Albany.

‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.

NYSUT Coronavirus Toolkit

Guidance and Resources on Coronavirus

We offer the following as a gateway to resources on the coronavirus outbreak, including guidance specific to public school employees, higher education faculty and to our members who work in health care.

Find the NYSUT Coronavirus toolkit at:

AFT members dive into candidate endorsement process

As the presidential elections inch closer and the field of candidates gets more and more competitive, AFT members are engaging, parsing campaign platforms, asking questions of the candidates, and voicing their priorities as educators, healthcare practitioners and public employees. Thus far, the AFT has hosted eight AFT Votes town halls in eight different locations across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates in person and hear about their stands on education, working families, healthcare and other top-line issues. Also part of the AFT’s robust endorsement process: surveys, debate parties and lots of information on

Weingarten: Educators must save democracy

“Teachers have always had power,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told the crowd at the TEACH opening plenary Thursday afternoon. “We need to own our power. And we need to build our power so we can move our agenda—for our students and our families; for safe, welcoming and well-funded public schools; for affordable higher education; healthcare that is a right, not a privilege; a living wage; a decent retirement; a healthy climate and a strong democracy.”