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NYSUT What We Do - Profiles

Hicksville Congress of Teachers

Talent show raises more than $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project  Read More »

Jim and Muriel Crawford

Staying active, involved in the 90s – the age, not the decade  Read More »

Nick Ascienzo

Math teacher ‘pledging his passion’  Read More »

Joe Satriano

Graduates get help from someone who’s been there  Read More »

Pam Agan-Smith

New York shines for third time in national school psychologist honor  Read More »

Mike Comet and Bruce Rohr

Students benefit most from this lucrative partnership  Read More »

West Seneca Teachers Association

West Seneca Teachers Association Cares!  Read More »

Coach Aaron Fiorini

Camden coach saves life with AED  Read More »

Kimberly Williams

Science students work to give baby turtles a fighting chance  Read More »

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 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said over the weekend that the national teachers union deserved a “punch in the face” because it had become the most destructive force in America's…

Sunday August 02, 2015

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NYSUT United "In one instance, StudentsFirstNY Advocacy received a $1 million donation from a heavily overlapping but technically separate group run out the same office, obscuring the original sources of the seven-figure…

Sunday July 26, 2015

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NYSUT United Commissioner Elia didn't just give a speech when she stopped in at the NYSUT Board's July meeting on Wednesday. She spoke briefly, but then answered a wide range of questions…

Friday July 24, 2015

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NYSUT United Another senseless act of violence. Another hero teacher. Our thoughts and prayers ...

Friday July 24, 2015

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NYSUT United LGBTQ Educators of New York are putting together a video piece around the historic Supreme Court decision that came down on June 26, declaring that marriage for all people is…

Thursday July 23, 2015

Franklin Community Center, Inc.

Franklin Community Center, Inc. Here are those promised pictures of our friends from NYSUT United's dropping off (AND SORTING) food donations from the LAP conference!!

Thursday July 23, 2015

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NYSUT United This week, 115 educators from 21 NYSUT locals have been gathering for week-long classes in building, strengthening and emboldening their unions through an intensive NYSUT program. Each local union accepted into…

Thursday July 23, 2015

It's what we do.

It's what we do. Congratulations to Stephen, who teaches at PS 55 in the Bronx, for his nomination as a Daily News Hometown Hero in Education!

Thursday July 23, 2015

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NYSUT United "The board's recommendation, however, is only a first step. In many other industries — including education — full-time workers have a difficult time making ends meet. We must build on…

Thursday July 23, 2015

Franklin Community Center, Inc.

Franklin Community Center, Inc. Waiting for our friends from NYSUT United LAP program to swing by with their massive food donation for the pantry!! For the past 7 years they have supplied Franklin with…

Thursday July 23, 2015

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NYSUT United 37 educators, with a combined 538 years of teaching experience, participated in the two-day summer intensive program to learn what the high tech industry has to offer their students and…

Tuesday July 21, 2015

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NYSUT United Public education and our rights to organize are under attack. Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to WATCH and SHARE our video about how education and labor…

Tuesday July 21, 2015

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Monday July 20, 2015

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Peace moving through a mountain town
There was a different kind of beauty in the summer night last night in the Adirondack Mountain village of Saranac Lake. It was more than the river, the July evening…

Friday July 17, 2015

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NYSUT United "Receivership is nothing but the state shifting the blame and attention from its own failures, over decades, to properly support students and educators in these schools." - NYSUT President Karen…

Thursday July 16, 2015

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Thursday July 16, 2015

It's what we do.

It's what we do. Sixty Capital Region high school students have chosen to spend three gorgeous summer days indoors, learning about sad and uncomfortable truths in the exploitation of human rights around the world.…

Wednesday July 15, 2015

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‘Raising the Curve’ raises awareness about challenges in high-needs school
Looking for an interesting summer read? Check out Raising the Curve by journalist Ron Berler. Berler spent a year as a volunteer teacher aide chronicling the challenges students and teachers…

Wednesday July 15, 2015

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NYSUT United Sixty Capital Region high school students have chosen to spend three gorgeous summer days indoors, learning about sad and uncomfortable truths in the exploitation of human rights around the world.…

Wednesday July 15, 2015

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NYSUT United We are so proud to sponsor Homework Hotline!

Friday July 10, 2015

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NYSUT United “Pearson offered a bad product and today Pearson got fired,” Magee said.

Thursday July 09, 2015

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NYSUT United "The state Education Department is dropping its provider of standardized tests, Pearson LLC and has awarded the job to a competing firm, Questar Assessment (Not to be confused with the…

Thursday July 09, 2015

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Thursday July 09, 2015

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‘Homework Hotline’ honored with excellence award
School can be as hard for parents as it sometimes is for their children. Homework can especially be a struggle as parents – though they may be sometimes reluctant to…

Thursday July 09, 2015

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NYSUT United Senator Charles E. Schumer has vowed to block an amendment that could lead to devastating funding cuts for K-12 schools in New York by radically changing the federal formula for…

Wednesday July 08, 2015

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NYSUT United "Social Justice is teaching my kids that those aren't their crayons, that they're all of our crayons." -- Katherine Brezler, Yonkers Federation of Teachers Why is social justice important to…

Wednesday July 08, 2015

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NYSUT United An anonymous NYC teacher is sharing kids' observations of the world on "Live From Snack Time," an Instagram account with accompanying versions on Facebook and Twitter. For a good laugh,…

Tuesday July 07, 2015

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NYSUT United "What happens in a southern church, what happens on the streets of our cities, what can happen tomorrow again in the community or workplace you participate in should give you…

Tuesday July 07, 2015

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NYSUT United Twenty-five years into our nation's experiment with independently operated, publicly funded charter schools, the news didn't look good: In May, a new report revealed more than $100 million in fraud,…

Monday July 06, 2015

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Help keep the DREAM alive for our students
The following post was written by Diana Zuckerman,  a Spanish teacher and  member of the Rondout Valley FT and SRPs,  She is editor of her union’s newsletter and serves as…

Monday July 06, 2015


Voices

Karen Lee Arthmann

January 26, 2015

I work in a suburban high school of about 1400 students in grades 10-12. My official title is Youth Assistant, a user-friendly name for a security guard in our district, but to “my kids," I am so much more than that. I am usually the first face they see as they walk through the door in the morning. My first post is as greeter, and I smile and...

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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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"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.