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NYSUT What We Do - Profiles

James Gang

For this Hamburg teacher, it's all about the cause  Read More »

Carol Miller

School counselor wins statewide recognition  Read More »

Bronx teacher uses art for all seasons and all reasons

Bronx teacher uses art for all seasons and all reasons  Read More »

‘Silent Witness’ makes daily message for peace

‘Silent Witness’ makes daily message for peace  Read More »

Backpacks packed with food and compassion

Backpacks packed with food and compassion  Read More »

Teacher creates art to promote social justice

Teacher creates art to promote social justice  Read More »

Loss of pet becomes a chance to help

Loss of pet becomes a chance to help  Read More »

HOPe-Helping Other People

HOPe-Helping Other People  Read More »

‘Tailgating’ for the hungry

‘Tailgating’ for the hungry  Read More »

Teaching more than music through music

Penny Prince, Professional Staff Congress  Read More »

Hicksville teacher lives his dream at Thanksgiving Parade

Hicksville teacher lives his dream at Thanksgiving Parade  Read More »

Sherry Roy

School nurse treats more than student illness  Read More »

Amy Parr

Cooperstown teacher offers farm-fresh curriculum  Read More »

Karen Flewelling

Retiree has a thirst for giving  Read More »

Amy Jo Southworth

Bay Shore librarian named American Association of School Librarians Frances Henne Award winner  Read More »

Warwick Valley Teachers' Association

Warwick Valley Teachers' Association awards $10,000 in scholarships  Read More »

Justine Davies

Student-scientists take to the river  Read More »

Anthony Pantaleno

‘Helping’ program helps Elwood school counselor win national honor  Read More »

Mike Garbowski

Class project honors Sandy Hook victims  Read More »

Jay Broad

Advocate for students and senior citizens  Read More »

Sunshine Miller

Exploring ideas, cultures and traditions through music  Read More »

Peter Carner

Schuylerville Teacher Creates Night School to Combat Curriculum Challenges  Read More »

Michele Dodenhoff

Hicksville Teacher voted Long Island's “Teacher of the Month”  Read More »

Matt Erickson

It’s no mystery: Book signing helps Sandy victims  Read More »

Hicksville Congress of Teachers participate in "Red Scarf Project"

Members provide warmth and encouragement to foster students  Read More »

Molly Reilly

Teacher honored by business community as “Emerging Leader”  Read More »

Matt Rozell

History teacher, students chronicle WW II veterans’ stories  Read More »

Frank Musto

Helping families heal through art  Read More »

Jeff Spierling

Teacher introduces students to "real-life" soldier of the Revolutionary War  Read More »

Scott Sweeney

Carthage mechanic fixing’ to beat the best  Read More »

Andrew Beiter

What you do matters!  Read More »

Read all about it: Harrison Circle of Books

Jennifer Horowitz & Jennifer Markarian  Read More »

Jeff Tooker

East Greenbush teacher responds to fire calls... even on his lunch hour  Read More »

Michael Andrejkovics

Mr A's annual math-themed rap challenge  Read More »

Holland Patent Tornado Squad

Students and staff make a difference in Birmingham, Alabama  Read More »

Joe Satriano

“Some guy named Joe”  Read More »

Hicksville teachers rock the house

Seven teachers perform with their bands to raise money for Embrace Global  Read More »

Kim Holtz

Hicksville special education teacher serves as liaison to SEPTA  Read More »

Mrs. Cook & Mrs. Borst

Riverhead Charter School teachers lead students in Open Spaces Stewardship Program through Brookhaven Lab  Read More »

Christina Bangel

Yorkers Local History Club leads community project  Read More »

Peg Weidemann

Horseheads High School Library  Read More »

John Rossillo

The Lindenhurst High School Vegetable Garden: “It takes a village to grow a garden”  Read More »

Danny Fairchild

Dryden teacher has 'green dreams'  Read More »

Pam Wilkie

School Psychologist of the Year focuses on prevention  Read More »

Elizabeth Peters

Counselor helps inspire a new tradition of giving  Read More »

Hicksville Teacher’s “Heart”–Warming Effort to “Go Red for Women”

Teacher raises awareness in the fight against heart disease  Read More »

Scott Starkey, Hicksville teacher & published Author

Set out to write a book that children would love to read  Read More »

Tom Glenn

Encouraging students to jump rope for a great cause  Read More »

Yorktown teachers serve up help for hungry

Teachers take over a local restaurant to raise money for the Yorktown food pantry.  Read More »

NYSUT Members Define Excellence

NYSUT members define excellence. See more ..  Read More »

Mary Jo Sawyko

A wonderful friend, teacher and colleague.  Read More »

Connetquot Teachers Association

Stepping up to donate, collect, and deliver groceries.  Read More »

Joseph Surgot

Quick to act and save a life  Read More »

Peter Giangaspro

Servicing our community and bringing charity to those in need  Read More »

Beth Taylor-Devlin

Sometimes an ordinary person displays extraordinary courage  Read More »

Cori Kinns

Helping comes naturally to Cori Kinns  Read More »

Jim McAndrew

Helping clean up a community after a disaster  Read More »

Wendy Cooper

Driving the "Healthy Highway" initiative to bring better nutrition to our schools.  Read More »

Sally Clinton

Using cookies to teach lessons both inside and outside the classroom  Read More »

Rosanne Mamo

Making our world a little bit cleaner and greener.  Read More »

Ryan Candurra

Quick-thinking teacher saves referee  Read More »

Laura Addison-Lamon

A teacher remembers her deployment to the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard soon after 9/11.  Read More »

Kathleen Ferguson

SED names Teacher of the Year  Read More »

Andy Sako

Going green meets community and college needs  Read More »

Phyllis Murray

Writing to be read: Kids on the move  Read More »

Bonita Shelby

Educators wear many hats  Read More »

Bette Maggie Sloane

Teacher uses cellphone camera to explore math concepts  Read More »

Doug Harple & Joe Mix

If I had a hammer … and a saw  Read More »

Teresa Carrozzo

Putting healthy into kids’ lifestyles  Read More »

Gertrude Shaffer

South Seneca teacher receives Global Educator Award  Read More »

James Crowley

Technology Teacher’s Service As Volunteer Firefighter  Read More »

Linda Purtan-O'Connell

Buffalo teacher is inspired by her students from around the world  Read More »

Bob Mullen & Bob Hollwedel

Technology teachers lead exciting program in alternative energy  Read More »

Joseph Guadagno

A former factory worker finds joy in preparing students to pursue their dreams  Read More »

Anthony Gronowicz

Conjuring up the world through a teach-in  Read More »

Michele Sampsell

Without a gym, she motivates students through creative off-campus experiences  Read More »

George Avila

Motivating through a token economy  Read More »

Glenn Petersen

He challenges jumbo classes and micro funding  Read More »

It's What We Do

Play the video and see what we're doing in our communities each and every day  Read More »

Jim Johnson

A Coach Sees A Person, Not A Scoreboard  Read More »

Esmeralda Tello

Huntington Teacher Brings History to Life  Read More »

Sonja VanSlambrouck

Teacher's ties to community enrich all  Read More »

John Wevers

Copiague band brings community together  Read More »

Monica Klein

Family helps Bethpage teacher teach  Read More »

Rose Ann Lapp

The classroom ‘a place of discovery’  Read More »

Lisa Dolan

Power lunches and page-turners  Read More »

Patricia Lockhart

When I’m with Ms. Lockhart, it’s always an adventure  Read More »

Peggy Sharkey

Teacher raises $2 million to fund programs  Read More »

Rachel Murat

When high school teacher Rachel Murat packs it in, she knows what she’s talking about  Read More »

Jane Fasullo

Taking math to the next level  Read More »

Dorothy Lehman

Through 17 years, still going the extra mile  Read More »

Michael Mitchell

Teacher helps foster an open and supportive community  Read More »

Gregg Breinberg

Talent, heart and soul fill the auditorium of PS 22 on Staten Island  Read More »

Caroline Duggan

Showcasing what children can do  Read More »

Andrea Figueroa

A proud union member expresses her passion for teaching  Read More »

Margaret King

Helping to improve literacy rates  Read More »

Diane Gonzalez

Breaking down stereotypes and instilling respect and tolerance  Read More »

Jennifer Goodwin

A community lifted up by the hands of children  Read More »

Willie Worsley

"As long as I have breath in me, I'll be a teacher"  Read More »

Jeff Peneston

Making sure students don't back down  Read More »

Wonah A. Odaji

Building a school and lifting up a community  Read More »

Julie Holbrook

Bringing fresh and healthy food to our schools  Read More »

Heather O'Leary

Demonstrating the unwavering belief that every child can succeed  Read More »

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NYSUT United "New York State United Teachers today slammed as 'clueless' a letter sent by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to the Regents and State Education Department, saying the questions and tone signal…

Thursday December 18, 2014

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NYSUT United NYSUT statement on governor's remarks New York State United Teachers today released a statement following remarks by Gov. Cuomo on the ‘safety net' bill.

Wednesday December 17, 2014

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NYSUT United The Festival of Lights begins sundown! Happy Hanukkah!

Tuesday December 16, 2014

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NYSUT United Congratulations go out to Kristen Olochnowicz on being named 2015 Schenectady School District Teacher of the Year!

Monday December 15, 2014


Season’s Readings
Today is, as A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh so famously said, “a rather blustery day.” Snowflakes are flying, adding to the hefty drifts already covering the ground. The evergreen branches…

Thursday December 11, 2014

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NYSUT United "We call on the Regents, in appointing the next education commissioner to, first and foremost, select a passionate advocate for what children and public schools need. The next commissioner must…

Wednesday December 10, 2014


Tarrytown ‘First Book’ a big hit
NYSUT locals across the state have been successfully participating in the First Book Challenge project. Thousands of new books have been given away to children, thanks to local unions. One…

Wednesday December 10, 2014

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NYSUT United Principal Carol Burris poses an interesting question ....

Tuesday December 09, 2014

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NYSUT United Here's a sneak peek at our crew shooting the 2015 Teacher of the Year video in Charles Giglio's classroom this morning. Giglio, Latin teacher at Gloversville Enlarged School District, will…

Monday December 08, 2014


Remembering Pearl Harbor
The number of Pearl Harbor survivors is dwindling. Yet, that does not diminish the historical importance or solemn memory of that day, December 7, 1941, which President Roosevelt declared would…

Monday December 08, 2014

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NYSUT United Take the ‘Buy American, Buy Union' holiday spending challenge. NYSUT President Karen E. Magee is continuing her commitment to purchasing American-made and union-made products this holiday season. Watch the…

Saturday December 06, 2014

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NYSUT United "Zephyr Teachout, former gubernatorial candidate, speaks about strengthening the state's public education system rather than further its demise through privately run charter schools Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2014, during a press…

Thursday December 04, 2014


Remembering — and fighting again — pregnancy discrimination
Today’s Supreme Court oral hearings in the case of Peggy Young vs. UPS are about the rights of a pregnant woman on the job. This case is about workers’ rights.…

Wednesday December 03, 2014

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NYSUT United An interesting read.

Wednesday December 03, 2014

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NYSUT United How are local communities responding to state austerity policy and coping with fiscal stress? Learn more at this Dec. 9 event in Saratoga Springs, a collaboration of unions, management, municipalities,…

Wednesday December 03, 2014

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NYSUT United Need an idea for #givingtuesday? Check out this Groupon for A $10 donation gives you $20 credit to apply toward the classroom project of your choice. You can even…

Tuesday December 02, 2014


Recommitting to solving HIV/AIDS; helping those with illness
Today is World AIDS Day, and there is much to be grateful for (advances in care), much to do (supporting those with HIV, educating people about it), and much to…

Monday December 01, 2014

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Thursday November 27, 2014

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NYSUT United Happy Thanksgiving. Tell us what you're thankful for today.

Thursday November 27, 2014

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NYSUT United Happy Thanksgiving! Be thankful for everything you have.

Thursday November 27, 2014


Gratitude gets real: one teacher’s tale
Hamburg teacher James Gang took some time off from shoveling this morning to talk about gratitude in honor of the holiday for giving thanks. Although he’s spent much of the…

Wednesday November 26, 2014

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NYSUT United Check out our most recent ad in City & State, as well as NYSUT President Karen Magee's expert analysis.

Wednesday November 26, 2014

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NYSUT United Maureen Singer from East Greenbush Teachers' Association talks about the NYSUT LGBTQ Task Force.

Tuesday November 25, 2014

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NYSUT United Buy American on Black Friday! NYSUT has compiled a list of resources as a helpful guide to purchasing products that are union-made and made in America. The full list is available on…

Tuesday November 25, 2014

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NYSUT United Eight feet of snow! Even for Upstate New York ... even for the Buffalo area ... that's a lot of snow. Many NYSUT members in that region are dealing with…

Friday November 21, 2014

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NYSUT United Today is SRP Recognition Day! How are you showing the love for those who contribute so much to our schools? Share your events and photos with us!

Tuesday November 18, 2014

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NYSUT United Happy American Education Week!

Monday November 17, 2014

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It's what we do. Meet Carol Miller, New York State School Counselor of the Year!

Monday November 17, 2014

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NYSUT United Tomorrow is School-Related Professionals Recognition Day! SRP Recognition Day acknowledges the contributions of School-Related Professionals in helping to educate the whole student. NYSUT's 90,000 SRP members perform a variety of…

Monday November 17, 2014

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NYSUT United The NYS Educational Conference Board says that with an improved fiscal condition, New York state can help schools 'turn the corner' after tough years.

Monday November 17, 2014


Kristina Mastrangelo-Gasowski

August 16, 2013

At the beginning of the last school year, I found myself working with two very different young men in the same classroom. The first boy seemed to have very little interest in education and refused to participate in class activities. His records indicated that he'd rarely met with academic success in previous years. The second young man was a stellar...

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So you think you can teach?

March 14, 2013

  “People think that because they like to cook, they should open their own place.” Last night, the manager of a new restaurant in our neighborhood described the reality of that business: working fourteen hour days, seven days a week, creating ambiance, cultivating a loyal following, serving consistently good and varied food. “...

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"Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie - labor is fighting for a larger pie." - Walter Philip Reuther, American labor union leader

If a man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. –President Abraham Lincoln

"Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1943, the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted establishing a 40-hour work week, time-and-a-half rules, a national minimum wage and implementing severe restrictions on child labor.

In 1967, the Taylor Law passed by the New York state legislature providing collective bargaining rights to public employees.

In 1981, NYSUT won passage of a law granting collective bargaining rights for substitute teachers.

In 1982, the New York state legislature passed the Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law requiring school districts to honor a union's entire contract until a new agreement was reached.

"The labor movement was the principle force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. The result: women's earnings climbed from 62 percent of men's earnings in 1970, to 80 percent of men’s earnings in 2004.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. The result: women's earnings climbed from 62 percent of men's earnings in 1970, to 80 percent of men’s earnings in 2004.