A grassroots leader and longtime educator, Andrew Pallotta was elected executive vice president in 2009 to help guide NYSUT's massive political mobilization and legislative efforts.
An elementary school teacher for more than two decades, Pallotta was an elected leader of the United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT's affiliate in New York City, representing UFT members in the Bronx.
Pallotta's reputation as an advocate helped make him a troubleshooter in resolving union members' concerns, expediting services and advising members on their contract rights and responsibilities.
A product of New York City public schools, Pallotta has been a major voice for public schools and is committed to student achievement. In his work as a union representative in the Bronx - a district of 40,000 students and 57 union chapters - Pallotta helped resolve contractual, educational and community concerns, including working to oust an incumbent politician who failed to stand up for schools.
In his position at the statewide union, Pallotta leads the legislative and political action activities of members across the state. He encourages more members to become engaged in the political process at every level, from community and local initiatives to state and national elections. With all politics being local, Pallotta strives to help members realize their political clout.
In his tenure at NYSUT, Andy has spearheaded the development of the NYSUT Member Action Center (MAC). Developed in 2012, the MAC is a website designed to encourage and facilitate cyber-lobbying on key state and federal legislative proposals and issues. The MAC has been an extremely successful addition to NYSUT's political program, drawing more than 50,000 visitors in its first two years, generating more than 500,000 actions, and cultivating a growing and active community of activists.
Pallotta, who sees a strong connection among his faith, progressive politics and the goals of the American labor movement, is strengthening NYSUT coalitions with other organizations working for the greater good.
A graduate of the NYSUT Leadership Institute, Pallotta served as a delegate to NYSUT, American Federation of Teachers and UFT conventions. He is a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO, a member of its executive council, and a vice president of AFT and a member of its executive council. He also serves on the board of directors for the Council for Unity and the Italian-American Labor Council.
Pallotta and his wife, Martha, have two children, Andreana and Stephen.