Representative Assembly delegates approved two NYSUT constitutional amendments that will save the statewide union money and maintain state dues for members at their current level for the third year in a row.
In a cost-saving measure, the first constitutional amendment would eliminate one of five NYSUT officer positions, the first vice president.
J. Philippe Abraham, who has been serving as both first vice president and secretary-treasurer since the resignation of Martin Messner, will remain as secretary-treasurer.
The second amendment, also recommended by the NYSUT Board of Directors, would keep NYSUT dues at the same level as 2016–17 and 2017–18. This will be the third straight year that NYSUT dues will remain at $378 per year for a full dues payer. Rather than specifying the dues rate for a single year, the amendment sets the dues amount for the immediate future until a new rate is approved.