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Jan 17

SCHOOL AID RUNS: Your district's proposed funding for the 2019-20 state budget

School aid runs based on the executive budget proposal for 2019-20 are now available.

Use the Excel spreadsheet to compare your district's projected state aid for 2019-20 to funding for 2018-19. Open the document on your desktop computer and use the yellow drop-down menu (cell B1) to select your district from the alphabetical listing.

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Jan 17

Women’s committees are forming in local unions across the state to address concerns and empower members

This weekend’s women’s rallies will be a springboard to launch a union-based Western New York Women’s Committee to deal with roadblocks and resistance that females face at work and in their community.

The group will be the newest link in a chain of nascent women’s committees statewide working to raise women’s voices personally, professionally and politically — all of them spinoffs from NYSUT’s own statewide Women’s Committee.

“Although opportunities and improvements have been made, there continue to be inequities for women in the workforce: salary, family medical and leave options, and accessible and affordable childcare,” said Kenmore Teachers Association union activist Elaine Ablove.

The committee work began with a gathering earlier this week. In the house were Erie County women from Kenmore TA, West Seneca TA and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, who filled out information cards listing the issues important to them.

“Our intention is to create an atmosphere of interest and concern in one another. We know of many issues women face. However, we do not know which of these issues deeply resonate for our union sisters,” Ablove said.

Ablove and co-creator Cheryl Hughes agree that working on women’s issues with the union means starting with a powerful foundation and creating a movement that enables each member to be empowered.

Since NYSUT established a statewide Women’s Committee in 2017, more local unions are starting groups. There is a wide base to cull from: 76 percent of NYSUT’s membership is women.

Karen Arthmann — president of the Rush Henrietta Employees Association and a member of the NYSUT committees for women, School-Related Professionals and civil and human rights — is laying groundwork to form a women’s group with union sisters at BOCES I in Fairport.

“The national women’s movement, as well as NYSUT’s campaign to empower women, certainly has inspired us to go local,” Arthmann said. “It has to start at home. You can’t go to Washington to march, or to Albany to be on a committee, if you don’t do your hard work at home.”

In the North Country, members of the Massena Federation of Teachers formed their women’s committee in October. Like most any professional gathering of teachers, education will be part of their conversations.

“The committee offers women educational opportunities surrounding self care, harassment, medical/insurance issues, and a group to turn to when support is needed,” said English teacher and leader Andrea Vierno. “We see issues that are related to retirement incentives. If a woman has used time for maternity leave and child care, particularly if it was taken without pay, it creates a loss of seniority and qualifications for retirement incentives.”

On the college level, union sisters at United College Employees working at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City also formed a committee last fall.

“Women’s issues were repeatedly brought to the UCE for future negotiations,” said union president Roberta Elins, adding that since the faculty has expertise in various subjects, members would be tapped to provide educational speakers on topics the committee is eager to learn about.

“The initial goals are to have the women of our committee start by prioritizing what they want to see happen both at FIT and externally,” she said. “We are going to let the members chart the course. Some of the items will be bargaining items. Other goals are political action.”

Read Across America
Jan 16

Discounts for educators from First Book and NEA

Discounts for educators are available from First Book & NEA to celebrate the 21st annual Read Across America, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

First Book is proud to partner with the NEA to highlight a wide range of engaging and diverse stories. Celebrate Read Across America every day with these amazing books!

What is Read Across America?

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

For discounts go here.  For more information on Read Across America, visit

door knockers
Jan 16

She wishes she'd been home when the union busters came knocking

Second-grade teacher Angela M. wishes she had been home when an uninvited representative of New Choice NY stopped by her home to try and convince her to drop her union membership.

When she saw the door hanger urging her to give herself “a raise,” the upstate educator was furious.

“It was upsetting to read the misleading information and blatant lies being placed on the doors in my neighborhood,” she said. “As a strong supporter of my teachers union, I felt violated knowing someone was at my home in an attempt to attack the union.”

If she had been home for the unwelcome visit, Angela would have told the $25-an-hour solicitor why she believes so strongly in the union.

“The union protected me in my time of need,” Angela said. It’s personal.

After her foster mother passed away last December, the longtime upstate teacher couldn’t believe that her district superintendent denied her request to use bereavement days.

“In addition to dealing with the loss of the one person who took me in, cared for me, and in essence saved me, I then had to fight for the use of days provided by our contract,” Angela said.

Fortunately, she wasn’t alone.

Working through her local union, NYSUT field staff filed and prosecuted a grievance on her behalf. After a hearing at the board of education level, the district was forced to settle the case and do the right thing.

“Without the support of my local union and the assistance provided by NYSUT, I would not have been able to fight for the legal use of bereavement days,” Angela said. That’s just one example of what the union has done for her.

“I only wish I could have been home when they came knocking to share the reality of what the union does,” Angela said. “Our real-life experiences and struggles are far different than those of the millionaires trying to brainwash the public and end unions. I don’t believe any hard-working American would give up their right for protection and representation if they truly understood what our unions do for us.”

In her note to NYSUT’s union buster email (, Angela thanked the union for posting signs that members can print out and post to keep away union busters. “Union Household,” says one. “#DoNotKnock,” says another.

“Thank you for the signs to post,” Angela said. “The next time anyone comes to my door, they’ll know exactly what my family and I think of their propaganda.”

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Jan 15

NYSUT statement on Gov. Cuomo’s budget presentation

ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2019 — NYSUT President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget presentation and State of the State remarks:

“This legislative session represents a historic opportunity to invest in our future. As we review the details of the Governor’s proposed budget, we look forward to working with lawmakers and the Governor to add additional funding for K-12 and higher education, to immediately fix New York’s broken teacher evaluation system, and to fully fund SUNY and CUNY.”

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.

Jan 15

NYSUT reacts to passage of GENDA and anti-conversion therapy bill

ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2019 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta today released a statement following the Senate and Assembly’s passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the anti-conversion therapy bill, both of which NYSUT has long advocated for.

The GENDA bill would prohibit discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their perceived gender identity or expression, including the transgender population. The anti-conversion therapy bill would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual-orientation change efforts or “conversion therapy” for patients younger than 18.

Pallotta said, “Passage of these two bills is great news — a big step forward for our state, especially members of the LGBTQ community and their families. Ensuring the physical and psychological well-being of all individuals — no matter who they are — must be a priority. Unions through collective bargaining have traditionally offered the best protection for LGBTQ individuals in the workplace; we’re happy to see New York State taking steps toward extending those protections to all.”

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.

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