Take the Pledge now to VOTE May 17!
NYSUT’s new Public Schools Unite Us campaign celebrates schools as the center of our communities. It emphasizes the need to vote on May 17 in school budget and board elections for pro-student, pro-educator candidates. Take the Pledge to VOTE and learn more at PublicSchoolsUniteUs.org.
NYSUT wins bonus pay for health care workers
During the budget process, NYSUT lobbied and negotiated to try to get bonuses for all members who work in health care and school environments. In the end, the state budget includes bonuses for health and mental health care workers making less than $125,000 a year in health care AND education. Here’s more including a list of eligible job titles.
Union busting is disgusting, and illegal
NYSUT and the AFT have joined with the Amazon Labor Union to call for an investigation into whether Amazon used taxpayer dollars in its attempts to bust the union. Efforts by the Amazon Labor Union and Starbucks Workers United and the CWA at Apple retail stores may seem separate from our work as education professionals, said President Andy Pallotta, but they represent one interconnected labor movement of which we are all a part.
- President Andy Pallotta’s monthly radio commentary on WAMC-FM focuses on the union’s work in support of community schools.
- Member Benefits’ popular annual Member Appreciation Weeks, May 1-14, will feature numerous prizes donated by Member Benefits and its endorsed program providers. You must be a participant in the MAP Alert email service to be eligible to win.
- Please take a few minutes to participate in NYSUT’s graduation requirements survey. We are checking in with members to see if their thoughts have changed since the pandemic.
- DemocracyReadyNY released a white paper on The Importance of Discussing Controversial Issues in the Classroom—Especially Today. Please read and share it. DemocracyReady NY is a statewide, nonpartisan coalition out of Teachers College, Columbia University that works to ensure K-12 schools provide a comprehensive education that prepares all students to exercise their civic responsibilities.
- Do you know an SRP who goes above and beyond to serve their community? Help us identify NYSUT SRP heroes for a series of posters we can share with lawmakers. Fill out this form to nominate your own local super hero.
- NYSUT has more of its popular Student Debt Webinars scheduled for April 26 and May 10 and 26 as the U.S. Dept. of Education has announced fixes to student loan programs, giving thousands of borrowers immediate relief and bringing millions of others much closer to having student loans forgiven.
- State tests continue, and NYSUT has posted updated opt-out Fact Sheets. Our Correct the Tests site has been updated, as well. Please share your thoughts.
- NYSUT Research is asking members to take this survey regarding the recently administered grades 3-8 ELA tests. Thank you!
- Art teachers: Deadlines approach for students working on projects for NYSUT’s virtual art show June 5. The deadline is April 26 for submissions in visual arts, theater, music and media, and May 11 for dance.
- Here’s the registration information and agenda for the Professional Issues Forum on Health Care to be held May 7 via Zoom.