NYSUT's 2017 Representative Assembly convenes Friday, April 7. Following an extremely busy fall and a host of challenges on the labor and education fronts, the 45th annual RA offers an opportunity for the union to reflect on the past year and to determine the priorities for the coming year and beyond.
More than 2,800 delegates are reported for the two-day convention. Delegates, elected by their local unions, will set the union's course by electing NYSUT officers and members of the Board of Directors. Representatives to serve as delegates and alternates to the American Federation of Teachers convention will also be elected.
RA delegates will act on four proposed constitutional amendments and 44 resolutions on a range of topics, from education and sanctuary status for campuses and schools, to support for addiction recovery and NYSUT's opposition to a state constitutional convention.
The RA also offers an opportunity to recognize member excellence through the union's constituency awards, LifeLine awards, Political Action Volunteer awards, and community service and VOTE-COPE honors.
The business of the convention is preceded by the Local and Retiree Council Presidents Conference Thursday, April 6. To follow the convention, visit www.nysut.org/ra.