Featured Stories

Across New York State, NYSUT members are rising to meet the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

These are their stories.

salmon river bed project

Salmon River project builds beds and community bonds

For the Salmon River Teacher Association, manifesting a Build-a-Bed project also built union solidarity. The local donated money for the project, and teachers, school counselors, social workers, nurses and psychologists donated time, skill, labor and bedding.
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Thank You to Our Members!

Your sisters and brothers in the statewide union applaud you for working together to stand up to the challenge of COVID-19.
nancy barth-miller

National Nurse Recognition Day is a reminder of the grim year, and a time to honor heroes

“We watched hundreds of strangers die. There was so much loss, so much wrapping of bodies. We were often the last face they saw,” said Nancy Barth-Miller, a Staten Island hospital nurse, reflecting on nursing during the pandemic on National Nurse Recognition Day.
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Union nurses take the lead in vaccinating their education colleagues

A team of lead nurses from the Federation of Nurses/UFT has been helping with vaccine rollout during the past month as teachers and school-related professionals in the New York City area get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
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With everyone pulling together, these schools reopened safely

While media reports focus on districts that have struggled to safely reopen school buildings, these locals in rural southwestern New York have proven that educators are committed to staying open and doing it right.
buddy project

'Buddy Project' helps students and their undergrad mentors weather pandemic

The program is helping undergrads access field experience during the pandemic, while also helping younger students adjust and thrive. Tutoring, project boxes, and videos focusing on character development are all in the works.
Kerry-Ann Reeves is a fourth grade teacher at Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle.

Teacher’s book deliveries make reading fun

Nearly everyone remembers the thrill of getting new Scholastic books -- and Kerry-Ann Reeves, a fourth grade teacher at Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle, Westchester County, was determined to keep the excitement going for her students, despite COVID-19 restrictions.
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School nurses administer group vaccinations to teachers

Three hundred teachers from nine school districts and one BOCES school were vaccinated last Friday at a central site in Saratoga, and it was their own school nurses who administered the shots to protect them from COVID-19.
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Western NY unions supersize a fundraising campaign for food

In Western New York, the Area Labor Federation is working with a host of NYSUT teacher unions to raise $50,000 by the end of the March for FeedMore WNY, a nonprofit formed by the merger of the Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels of WNY.
amsterdam choir

How choir happens: singing in the pandemic

How are students continuing to learn singing when school is sometimes open, sometimes not? There is no playbook for teaching in a pandemic. But here's how one teacher in Amsterdam is making the most of it.
Salmon River

‘Back-to-School’ order escalates simmering labor strife in Salmon River

On a frigid and rainy December evening, in the midst of a global pandemic with COVID-19 cases climbing, more than 100 teachers, retirees, community members, and parents — carrying signs, clad in masks, and socially distanced — marched outside an emergency meeting of the Salmon River Board of Education.
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Union food drive helping to fill in the gaps

NYSUT worked with the Regional Food Bank and Catholic Charities to stage the main food drive-thru event, which was boosted by more than 100 volunteers from labor, churches and NYSUT staff. AFL-CIO, Public Employees Federation, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Professional Staff Association, Legal Staff Association, and CWA were among the unions represented.
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