For Jeanette Stapley, retirement brings both freedom and responsibility. The freedom to spend her days as she likes; and the responsibility to devote that time to making a difference in public education.
"I have what in-service teachers don't have — time, flexibility and the freedom to choose how I spend my time," said Stapley, a NYSUT Board member and a Champlain Valley Council of Retirees member. "Being a union activist is my priority."
Stapley was one of hundreds of NYSUT activists who participated in the Feb. 28 "Call Out Cuomo" bus tour rally across the North Country. She boarded the rally bus in Plattsburgh and continued to tour stops in Massena and Watertown.
A highlight was the cheering throngs of members, parents and supporters at each rally site.
"Seeing how the North Country locals united, with each area organizing and promoting the rally within their own communities to fight back, was impressive," said Stapley. "And having so many students at the rally really knocked it out of the ballpark. Cuomo has unleashed a sleeping giant."
With the union at war with the governor over his disastrous, anti-public education budget proposals, Stapley intends to keep fighting to preserve public education.
"I have a grandson," she said. "I'm fighting on behalf of all the grandkids out there."
DID YOU KNOW
NYSUT Retiree Services consultants serve as resources to retired members, retiree councils and in-service locals on NYSUT retiree matters.
David Cantor, Retiree Council 14-16
Judy D. Kalb, RC 43
561-994-4929, ext. 129
Tracy Beatty, RC 1-3, 44
Kathleen Lyons, RC 17-19
Barbara McCarthy, RC 9 & 10
Louise Ortman, RC 4 & 46
Joan Perrini, RC 20-23
Peter Randazzo, RC 5 & 6
Meryl Sasnowitz, RC 11 & 45
Jennifer Shaad-Derby, RC 12 & 13
Anne Marie Voutsinas, RC 7 & 8
NYSUT 2015 Regional Retiree Conference Calendar
RC 12 — May 7, Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia Retiree Services Consultant: Jennifer Shaad-Derby
RC 7 & 8 — May 13, Doubletree Inn, East Syracuse
Retiree Services Consultant: Anne Marie Voutsinas
RC 10 — May 14, NYSUT headquarters, Latham Retiree Services Consultant: Barbara McCarthy
RC 4 & 46 — May 27, Radisson Hotel, Corning
Retiree Services Consultant: Louise Ortman
RC 1, 2, 3 & 44 — May 28, Ramada Hotel, Getzville Retiree Services Consultant: Tracy Beatty
RC 11 & 45 — June 2, The Hathaway House, Solon Retiree Services Consultant: Meryl Sasnowitz
New law mandates background checks
There's good news on the legislative front — thanks to NYSUT efforts, a law requiring adult care facilities to conduct criminal background checks of all prospective, non-licensed, direct-care employees took effect Jan. 1. The legislation will provide peace of mind for many with loved ones who reside in nursing homes.