September 02, 2019

On Labor Day, NYSUT urges union strength

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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Caption: FILE PHOTO: NYSUT President Andy Pallotta (right) and Secretary-Treasurer Philippe Abraham were among the many rallying at the Capitol for farmworkers in 2018. This year, New York State passed legislation granting agricultural employees collective bargaining rights, a mandatory day of rest, and overtime pay after 60 hours of work per week.

ALBANY, N.Y. Sept. 2, 2019 — In celebration of Labor Day, New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement:

“As we spend time today traveling with family, firing up our grills or just lounging in a hammock, it’s important to remember the labor movement pioneers who fought to achieve this holiday, the weekend, an eight-hour workday and so many other essential worker protections and benefits. We as unionists should look to the examples set by the leaders who came before us as we fight for fair wages and benefits for ourselves and for the next generation of hardworking Americans. From the Fight for $15 to Red for Ed, I am proud to stand up for what is right with my union sisters and brothers — because it’s through unity that we can help all working men and women achieve their version of the American Dream.”

For more thoughts on the importance of Labor Day, read Andy's op-ed in the Buffalo News: "State teachers union remains strong in face of harsh climate."

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.

Learn more about how our union fights to stay #NYSUTStrong at

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