In the spirit of a year in which nothing has been normal or easy, yet much has been rewarding, welcome to the 2021 NYSUT Representative Assembly!
Although we will not be able to gather in person, we have made every effort to conduct the business of the union, preserve its democratic process, and share the spirit of unity and inspiration you have come to expect from the statewide union’s annual convention.
General sessions are scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1.
“After the year we have all had, it will be inspiring to be together, even in an online format,” said President Andy Pallotta.
“Of all the meetings and conferences we hold every year, none is more important than the RA, where thousands of delegates elected by their local associations address the issues facing our members and our communities and we conduct the business of the union,” he said.
Due to government restrictions on public gatherings, and for safety reasons as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the entire convention will be online. NYSUT did it last year on the spur of the moment, and we’ve all gotten better at connecting remotely over the past 12 months.
Earlier this week, we began online meetings of some resolution committees, and they continue Monday and Tuesday.
During the general sessions NYSUT will honor those who have gone above and beyond for its members. Delegates will also hear updates and remarks from NYSUT Officers, influential labor leaders, political and community leaders, and other special guests.
This year’s online, Local and Retiree Council Presidents Conference will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Featured speakers include State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa and Regents Chancellor Lester Young Jr.
“We are heartbroken over the enormous losses suffered because of the pandemic,” said President Pallotta. “We hope to be able to safely reconvene in person next year, but we know we can get this important work done in a virtual format.
“Thank you for your continued service to NYSUT and your local union, and for your tireless dedication to your community. It’s union work!”