ALBANY, N.Y. Nov. 7, 2017 - New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement following voter defeat of a proposed state Constitutional Convention:
"Tonight, New York saw what happens when labor organizes, mobilizes and acts as one to protect working people. NYSUT and other unions educated voters and turned them out in force to defeat what would have been a taxpayer-funded boondoggle that put the rights we all enjoy at risk.
"For the past two months, as part of an unprecedented coalition, NYSUT members made more than 500,000 calls from phone banks; knocked on tens of thousands of doors; and distributed literature to their friends, families and colleagues. Everywhere you turned, you saw a lawn sign, a car magnet or a button urging a 'No' vote - a sign that NYSUT, and labor, remains a strong force in New York state fighting to protect workers from wealthy special interests."
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.