A Checklist of NYSUT Services


NYSUT Regional Offices

  • Negotiations
  • Assessment of members needs
  • Assignment of NYSUT labor relations specialist to provide bargaining assistance
  • Assistance during impasse
  • Crisis support and assistance
  • Bargaining crisis expense reimbursement
  • Representation at hearings conducted by PERB & NLRB
  • Research support
  • Training on collective bargaining
  • Training on negotiating committee
  • Training on bargaining health insurance
  • Regional SRP councils/committees

Contract Administration and Grievance Handling

  • Assistance with grievances
  • Representation at arbitration
  • Preparation of briefs
  • Partial reimbursement of arbitration costs

Legal Services

  • Discipline and discharge hearing representation by a NYSUT attorney
  • Representation in legal proceedings
  • Legal Defense Reimbursement Fund
  • AFT Duty of Fair Representation coverage

Legislation/Political Action

  • Lobbying at state and national levels
  • Coordinating activities of statewide PAC (political action committee)
  • Monitoring legislative proposals
  • Assistance in running VOTE-COPE drives, the unions political action fund
  • Support in school board elections and school budget campaigns
  • Campaign and election operations
  • Political communications with legislators
  • Draft adopted Representative Assembly resolutions into specific legislative proposals, as appropriate
  • Coalition-building with other unions, groups and/or interested parties (parents)
  • Prepare and present testimony at legislative hearings
  • Prepare lobbying and state and federal board of elections reports
  • Teacher Center lobbying efforts
  • Health Care Professional Council issues
  • Monitor AFT/ NEA/federal issues.
  • Support/Opposition legislative memoranda
  • Draft legislative issues
  • Member Action Center (MAC) e-activists
  • Text messaging on issues/action
  • Online petitions and email campaigns
  • Polling Center

Organizing

  • Assistance with organizing new locals or bargaining units
  • Assistance with bringing new members into existing units
  • Representation at hearings and elections
  • Assistance with campaign PR efforts
  • Developing secondary leadership
  • Associate union membership

Research Assistance

  • Interpreting state education policy
  • Salaries/contract analyses
  • Student performance data
  • Survey development, administration and analysis
  • School District & Community Profiles
  • State Aid information
  • Analysis of school budgets
  • Federal Aid and Program information
  • Consumer Price Index information
  • Interpreting federal and state health & safety policy

Training and Workshops

  • Affordable Care Act presentations
  • Grievance/arbitration processing
  • Sexual harassment
  • Leadership development
  • Coalition building
  • Crisis management
  • Negotiations/collective bargaining
  • Contract campaigns
  • Special Act Schools, 853 Schools
  • 4201 Schools
  • Safe schools
  • Pay equity
  • Power analysis
  • Civil Service Law/layoffs
  • Union rep training
  • Political action
  • Salaries and economics
  • State aid, school finance
  • Strategic planning
  • Critical educational issue briefings
  • Public, media and community relations
  • Effective newsletter writing
  • Managing local union finances, including local treasurer's training
  • Annual audit workshops
  • Health benefits workshops
  • Retiree health insurance workshops
  • Health and safety training
  • Membership reporting (EMR)
  • New member program development
  • Local union administration
  • Local website development
  • Strategic planning for locals
  • Building a more inclusive union
  • Special education
  • Academic intervention services (AIS)
  • Professional development plans (PDP)
  • Annual professional performance reviews (APPR)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Content area workshops
  • National Board Certification
  • No Child Left Behind
  • State and federal planning and reporting
  • Grades 3-8 testing
  • Teacher/ Teaching Assistant certification
  • Developing/implementing district¬≠based mentoring programs
  • Present legislative updates and conduct political action workshops at regional meetings and leadership conferences
  • SEMI High Tech U Teacher Program
  • AFT First Book
  • Communications Conference
  • SRP workshops

NYSUT Education & Learning Trust

  • Graduate and in-service courses
  • Complete and affordable master's program
  • Workshops and in-service programs
  • New teacher programs
  • Mentoring courses and workshops
  • School-Related Professionals professional (development) program
  • Undergraduate college courses for teaching assistants
  • State-mandated courses for health care professionals
  • National Board labs, writing retreats
  • Online courses
  • Advanced Placement program
  • Parent programs
  • Teacher Centers
  • For information, call (800) 528-6208

Communications

  • NYSUT website at www.nysut.org
  • NYSUT United news magazine
  • NYSUT Leader Briefing weekly email
  • NYSUT United Facebook page
  • NYSUT Twitter feed
  • "My NYSUT" website
  • What Every NYSUT Member Should Know handbook
  • "It's What We Do" website
  • Share My Lesson
  • Pointers for SRPs
  • Parent involvement booklets
  • Information on school finances
  • NYSUT pocket planning calendar
  • Parents as Reading Partners materials
  • Programs, Services and Publications booklet
  • Pamphlets, poster, booklets, bulletins and reports on legislative matters, tenure, salaries and other topics of interest
  • VOTE-COPE materials
  • For Your Health & Safety, webpage, health & safety fact sheets, checklists and booklets
  • Legal perspectives
  • Information bulletins
  • Guides for teachers and parents
  • Briefing bulletins
  • Public & media relations materials for local use
  • Assistance for locals in responding to the media
  • SRP publications and fact sheets
  • Handbook for Laid-off Employees
  • Career Center
  • Creating a Classroom Team: How teachers and paras can work together
  • New member coordinator Tip Sheet
  • Teacher Evaluation & Development (TED)

Help with Members Concerns

  • Teacher/Teaching Assistant certification information and assistance
  • Special education/inclusion
  • Unemployment insurance consultation
  • Workers' compensation consultation
  • Project SAVE
  • Teacher Centers
  • Mentor-Intern programs
  • No Child Left Behind Act
  • PATRIOT Act
  • Military leave
  • Health and safety technical assistance
  • Testing issues
  • Assistance in filing health & safety complaints with federal and state agencies
  • Educator's Voice

Member Recognition

  • Constituent awards: retiree, SRP, higher ed, health care, health and safety, "Unsung Heroes", Lifeline awards, community service awards
  • Not For Ourselves Alone
  • Tenure certificate
  • Sandy Feldman grant
  • SRP Recognition Day
  • School Nurse Recognition Day
  • National Board Certification pins, certificates

Statewide Meetings/Committees

  • Committee of 100 (2)
  • Higher education lobby day
  • New Local Presidents' Conference
  • School-Related Professionals leadership conference
  • BOCES conference/BOCES lobby day
  • Community College conference
  • Content area committees
  • Leadership Institute
  • Local and Retiree Council Presidents Conference (prior to Representative Assembly)
  • Representative Assembly
  • Endorsements Conference
  • Retiree leadership conference
  • Regional leadership conferences
  • Small and Rural Locals Advisory Committee
  • Subject Area Committees
  • BOCES Committee
  • Occupational Educational Committee
  • NYSUT Standards and Assessment Conference
  • Health Care Professionals Council
  • Health Care lobby day
  • Professional Issues Forum on Health Care
  • NYSUT Health & Safety Task Force
  • NYSUT Health & Safety Conference
  • Local Action Project (LAP)
  • School-Related Professionals Advisory Committee
  • Retiree Advisory Committee
  • Higher Education Council
  • NYSUT Task Force on Teacher Centers
  • Teacher Prep Workgroup

NYSUT Social Services

  • Assessments of personal and family problems and concerns
  • Information provided to address concerns and decisions
  • Referrals to local services recommended and/or arranged upon request
  • Ongoing telephone support during the referral process
  • Advocacy
  • Telephone reassurance to homebound or hospital-bound members
  • NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund

Pre-Retiree Services

  • Pre-retirement planning
  • Regional retiree services consultants
  • Pension consultation with teacher representatives on the NYSTRS Board
  • Employee Retirement System Q&A booklet
  • Liaison with NYS and NYC retirement systems
  • Consultation for NYSERS members

NYSUT Retiree Services

  • Retiree regional conferences
  • Support for local retiree councils and chapters
  • Pre-paid dues
  • Assistance with establishing local chapters, planning meetings, group programs and social events
  • Retiree service pins and certificates at no cost to NYSUT locals
  • Staff and consultant assistance for locals and members regarding NYSUT retiree issues
  • Special legislative and other activities such as the COLA Rally & mobilization materials
  • Legislative lobbying
  • Special events funding (i.e. 75th anniversary of Social Security celebration)
  • No-cost Social Services program for retirees
  • Retiree Personal Organizer
  • Regional services consultants
  • Workshops
  • Speakers
  • Member gifts
  • Meeting space in Regional Offices and limited secretarial support
  • Raffle items
  • Communications assistance
  • Special mailings
    • Retiree Council Elections
    • VOTE/COPE Campaign Letters
    • Informational
  • Supplies for meetings, i.e. name badges, badge holders & lanyards
  • Retiree letterhead, labels and envelopes for retiree chapters and councils
  • No-cost liability insurance for retiree councils
  • Membership lists for retiree council presidents
  • Logistical and administrative support for Retiree Election District meetings
  • Local and Retiree Council Presidents' Conference and retiree functions at Representative Assembly
  • Retiree Advisory Committee
  • Membership in National Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) via per cap payments to NYSARA
  • Awards: Retiree Member of the Year, Community Service, Newsletter Editors
  • Printing and mailing service for retiree councils
  • Reimbursement for Member Benefits ads posted on retiree council websites
  • Stationery and envelope printing service for retiree chapters and councils
  • Publications
    • Retiree Membership Handbook
    • Forming Chapters Handbook
    • Recapturing At-Large Members Handbook
    • Retiree Leadership Handbook
    • How to Organize a Retiree Chapter in 3 Easy Steps
    • Retiree Services Directory
    • The Retiree Organizer leadership newsletter
  • Member Benefits workshops
  • Retiree Council websites at no cost to retiree council
  • Social networking and technical support
  • Retiree Listserv

Local Union Administration/Finance

  • Record keeping and financial advice
  • NYSUT-provided guidance in IRS inquiries/proceedings
  • Guidance with local insurance issues
  • No-cost professional liability insurance for local officers
  • NYSUT-provided fidelity bond (covers locals and local benefit funds)
  • Agency fee requirements
  • Electronic membership reporting EMR

NYSUT Member Benefits

  • Voluntary benefit plans available for individual purchase (various insurance, financial, legal, shopping, travel and other services)
  • Payroll/pension deduction payment options for many voluntary benefit plans
  • Group benefit plans available for purchase by local associations, benefit funds and employers (various insurance, financial and legal plans)
  • Member Alert Program (MAP) email service
  • Educational workshops
  • Flexible benefits plan administration
  • Online defensive driving classes, Financial Building Blocks® workshops, counseling program
  • NYSUT Member Benefits Conference
  • Benefits presentations for leadership, negotiating teams and general membership
  • For information on NYSUT Member Benefits programs, call (800)626-8101, email benefits@nysutmail.org , or visit www.memberbenefits.nysut.org.