Union Victories

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Together we’re fighting for our schools, our students, our members and our communities. And we’re winning!

The stories linked on this page reflect on how NYSUT is winning the day, thanks to your ongoing efforts and our collective union power!

2024 State Legislative Session – Victories

2024 State Legislative Session – Victories

As June arrives, it brings with it a trio of notable events: high school graduations, rising temperatures, and the conclusion of the New York state legislative session. This year is turning out to be a great year for public schools, educators, students and union members across the state. The Senate and Assembly have passed multiple bills championed by NYSUT.
NYSUT wins decade-long tenure case

NYSUT wins decade-long tenure case

It took 10 long years, but on June 5 NYSUT finally won its court case defending classroom tenure when the New York State Supreme Court dismissed the suit.
On May 21, New Yorkers made their position clear: Our public schools belong to all of us

Overwhelming number of district budgets pass, pro-public school candidates elected statewide

ALBANY – New York State United Teachers issued the following statement after voters across the state turned out Tuesday to approve school budgets and elect school board members.
NYSUT notches big wins in budget agreement

NYSUT notches big wins in budget agreement

We advocated. We rallied. We won. It’s been a busy few months for NYSUT’s roster of dedicated lobbyists and activists, but making our voices heard in the halls of power has paid off in the final state budget.
STEAM event

NYSUT joins Gov. Hochul, education advocates for major workforce development announcement in Syracuse

NYSUT President Melinda Person joined Gov. Kathy Hochul at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central Thursday for the announcement of a significant investment to increase the pipeline of students interested in the semi-conductor industry and high-tech manufacturing.
Commack Security Guards

NYSUT scores organizing wins statewide

NYSUT is committed to bringing more workers into the union fold. And thanks to the hard work of its network of union organizers, it’s chalking up big wins across the state.
NYSUT SRP Leadership

SRPs laud passing of Section 80

Signed into law on November 21, New York State SRP Recognition Day, the legislative package will strengthen the rights of SRPs and other public sector workers. One of the changes will amend Section 80 of the civil service law, closing certain loopholes to ensure that union members enjoy the same rights as everyone else.
TCS Adjuncts

TC3 adjuncts mark string of victories

Forming the Tompkins Cortland Community College Adjunct Association in 2016 was an uphill struggle, but in the end, members say their administration has found value in the local, and that has laid the groundwork for a series of consequential victories.
poughkeepsie rally

PPSTA can finally party

After working under the terms of an expired contract for more than six years, Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers Association ratified a new MOA with the district on Monday.

Statement from NYSUT President Melinda Person on PPSTA contract victory

"All of NYSUT is celebrating with Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers Association on their tentative new contract that will finally give them the working conditions and benefits they deserve," said NYSUT President Melinda Person.
Homer TA negotiating team

Homer TA contract scores pay raises, maternity leave improvements

Homer Teachers Association members notched a big contract win earlier this year, negotiating long-sought maternity language, new stipends for coaching and advisory positions and healthy salary increases. Local leaders credit strong union solidarity, open communication and a positive labor/management relationship with the achievement.
labor day parade

Celebrating workers’ rights at Labor Day events

"This Labor Day is happening amid a surge of worker-driven activity across our nation. Building on the bravery and tenacity of union siblings who came before them, working people from autoworkers to actors, writers, care workers — and, of course, educators — are seizing their collective power."
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