Union Value

Your union is here for you. Learn more about the importance of union membership at www.nysut.org/unionvalue.

For your professional development:

  • Low-cost graduate and in-service courses
  • Professional development workshops for School-Related professionals
  • Professional development workshops for for educators
  • National Board Certification assistance and funding subsidies
  • APPR training support for educators (TED) and Teacher Practice Rubric
  • Information and briefing bulletins on emerging issues in education
  • Statewide and regional meetings and conferences
  • Network of 127 NYS Teacher Centers
  • Mentoring support for new teachers
  • Information about on-the-job safety and health concerns
  • Free educator program connecting the classroom with high-tech careers (Semi High Tech U Teacher Program)
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For your political voice:

  • Year-round state and federal lobbying on important legislative issues.
  • Rallying member contributions to support pro-public-education, pro-labor initiatives — VOTE-COPE
  • Organizing members for special Albany lobbying events — Committee of 100
  • Fostering member e-activism through online faxes, emails and letters to lawmakers — NYSUT Member Action Center — (MAC)
  • Organizing year-round member lobbying in localities statewide — NYSUT Political Action Committee (PAC)

For your union information:

  • NYSUT United, unique union information several times a year
  • www.nysut.org, real-time updates on union news and resources
  • Text updates with the latest legislative alerts (Text the word VOICE to 73095)
  • Newsletters for targeted NYSUT constituencies
  • Blog posts offering a deeper understanding of what NYSUT members do (www.itswhatwedo.org)
  • Twitter.com/nysut
  • Facebook.com/NYSUTUnited
  • Flickr.com/photos/nysut
  • Youtube.com/nysutonline
  • Leader Briefing and Member Briefing
  • Free logo and newsletter designs for locals by NYSUT designers
  • Free StateWeb website hosting for NYSUT locals
  • Free media strategy help through NYSUT media relations

For your protection in the workplace:

  • Help filing and processing grievances
  • Negotiations support: acting as chief spokesperson, consultant and advisor, and help with bargaining research and proposal writing
  • Help during impasse or negotiations crisis
  • Help with arbitration matters including representing the grievant at arbitration hearings, preparing witnesses, writing briefs and selecting arbitrators
  • Regional workshops and conferences
  • Handling representation matters before PERB and NLRB
  • Providing special assistance and training, including working with community groups
  • Help with human rights violations, workers’ compensation, OSHA and more
  • Organizing projects and recruiting new members
  • Budget analysis for locals’ use during bargaining
  • Contract comparisons, salary analysis, benefits and work conditions
  • Community surveys to gauge public support for the work of members
  • Review of APPR plans to help locals develop and modify plans
  • Local leader training for developing and implementing SLOs
  • Teacher certification questions answered For on-the-job help with legal matters:
  • 3020a teacher disciplinary proceedings
  • Section 75 civil service disciplinary hearings
  • Family and medical leave act claims
  • State and federal wage and hour claims
  • Defense of teaching license under NYCRR Part 83
  • Civil Service protection of seniority lists and recall rights
  • Contract analysis and salary research during collective bargaining

For your classroom:

  • Free posters highlighting noteworthy events and individuals
  • More than 20 different educator handouts, including parent teacher conferences, professional development days and workshops
  • Dozens of handouts for health care, SRP and other NYSUT members
  • New low, or no cost, books for Title 1 schools through First Book
  • NYS learning standards teaching resources through sharemylesson.com

For specialized constituencies:

School-Related Professionals

  • SRP Leadership Conference and regional SRP conferences
  • SRP NewsLink, leadership newsletter, published periodically
  • NYSUT SRP Advisory Committee New Members


  • NYSUT Retiree Office
  • Retiree Advisory Committee
  • Retiree Regional Membership Conferences, 13 in New York and Florida

Small and Rural Locals

  • Advisory Council on Small and Rural Locals BOCES
  • BOCES Statewide Advisory Council
  • BOCES Lobby Day

Public Higher Education

  • Community College Statewide Leadership Conference
  • NYSUT’s Higher Education Council
  • Higher Ed Lobby Day Private Sector Higher Education
  • Annual meeting for local leaders and private-sector locals Health care
  • Professional Issues Forum on Health Care
  • Annual Professional Development Conference

Public Employees

  • Presentations and workshops
  • One- and two-day informational meetings 8 Special Act, 4201 and 853 Schools
  • Presentations and workshops
  • One-day informational meetings

For your family finances:

  • Insurance programs: Life, auto and home, disability, catastrophe major medical, long-term care, dental and vision, pet insurance
  • Legal & Financial: Synchrony Bank; ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions; ID Watchdog; 403(b) Field Guide; 401(k) Consumer Guide; Financial Counseling Programs; Legal Service Plan
  • Group Benefits: flexible benefit plans; health reimbursement accounts; group financial counseling; group health advocate program; group dental, term life, vision and disability plans; group legal service plans; group ID Watchdog program
  • NYSUT Member Benefits online financial planning center (MB website)
  • Travel: Wyndham Hotels & Endless Vacation Rentals; Grand Circle Travel; Orlando Employee Discounts; Car and Truck Rentals
  • Entertainment: Bose®, Powell’s Books
  • Online Shopping: Buyer’s Edge, Inc.; 1800Flowers.com; Working Advantage
  • Personal Services: EPIC Hearing Service Plan; Online Defensive Driving
  • Home Supplies: Heat USA; American Solar Partners; Propane.pro
  • Payroll and pension deduction available For other needs:
  • Counseling and care-giver referrals in times of emotional challenges (NYSUT Social Services)
  • Funding help in times of personal disaster (NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund)
  • Trained consultants available to answer TRS and ERS questions
  • Pre-retirement planning workshops offered statewide
  • Grant funding for short-term projects advancing specific initiatives (NYSUT Solidarity Grant)
  • Webinars, conferences and workshops detailing NYSUT member discounts (Member Benefits)
  • A full-time polling center for researching important issues
  • Help for locals, and local benefit funds, with budgeting and finance questions
  • Printing, copying and mailing services available to local and retiree councils
  • Help finding and ordering Union Made and Made in the U.S.A. products
  • Meeting space for local and/or union-related events

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