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NYSUT What We Do - Profiles

Lansingburgh TA

Teachers volunteer for vegetables so garden can pollinate learning  Read More »

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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Thursday September 03, 2015

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NYSUT United Bravo, Regent Tilles! As parents and teachers are saying, flawed evals based on test-and-punish must be fixed.

Thursday September 03, 2015

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NYSUT United Teachers have a professional duty to speak on what students need, on all issues. "Elia admits the current tests have problems." “I've had teachers tell me the tests are too long,…

Wednesday September 02, 2015

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NYSUT United Check out this back to school letter from Michael Hynes, Patchogue-Medford Superintendent. "Keep your head up and your eye on what is most important... your students and your teaching craft."

Monday August 31, 2015

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NYSUT United As NYSUT has said, our new commissioner has to focus on fixing - not pushing - tests.

Monday August 31, 2015

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NYSUT United "The real story, indeed, is how this parent-led movement is forcing policy-makers and the Legislature to revisit — and, hopefully reverse — harmful ‘test and punish' educational policies. Whether the…

Monday August 31, 2015

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Monday August 31, 2015

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NYSUT United Yesterday was opening day of the state fair and education unionists were out in force — nearly 1,000 strong. They spoke with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul about how public education…

Friday August 28, 2015

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NYSUT United Educators from districts big and small heard about the possibilities and pitfalls of peer observation at an informational session at NYSUT headquarters this week. “As this informational meeting has shown, there…

Thursday August 27, 2015

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NYSUT United Hundreds of parents and educators demonstrated at the opening of the New York State Fair on Thursday, August 27, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other leaders to “Be Fair…

Thursday August 27, 2015

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Thursday August 27, 2015

LGBTQ Educators of New York

LGBTQ Educators of New York UFT and NYSUT United friends at the Pride @ Work conference. We Are One NYSUT!

Thursday August 27, 2015

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NYSUT United "Dozens of public school teachers, parents and students were being shut out of the official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open this year's New York State Fair. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected…

Thursday August 27, 2015

LGBTQ Educators of New York

LGBTQ Educators of New York NYSUT United is part of the work. At the 2015 Triennial Pride at Work conference. Out & Organizing!

Thursday August 27, 2015

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NYSUT United "f you ask most teachers, most support staff, and most principals exactly how they spent their summer vacation, they'll tell you the normal stuff. But if they tell you the…

Wednesday August 26, 2015

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NYSUT United “This research shows that it pays to be in a union, especially if you are a woman” said IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. “Not only do union women experience a…

Wednesday August 26, 2015

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NYSUT United “This research shows that it pays to be in a union, especially if you are a woman” said IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. “Not only do union women experience a…

Wednesday August 26, 2015

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NYSUT United Today is Women's Equality Day, which celebrates the 95th anniversary of when American women finally won the right to vote in 1920. Time Magazine put together an excellent graphic to show…

Wednesday August 26, 2015

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NYSUT United “Their entire lawsuit is based on the pernicious theory that somehow you can help kids by harming every teacher in the state,” said Richard Casagrande, a lawyer for the New…

Wednesday August 26, 2015

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NYSUT United AFT corrects the record on a few "fibs" from GOP hopefuls...

Tuesday August 25, 2015

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NYSUT United Alan B. Lubin, who directed New York State United Teachers' legislative and political action operations for nearly 17 years and spearheaded innumerable legislative successes, has been named NYSUT executive vice…

Tuesday August 25, 2015

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Can’t take the August heat? Bold the cold: ICE ALS
The unstoppable Chris Pendergast — who maneuvers life and roads with his wheelchair, his headgear, his supportive family and his keen intellect to keep on keeping on — is at…

Monday August 24, 2015

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NYSUT United A Gallup Poll released Sunday found 55 percent opposed linking teacher evaluations to their students' test scores. Among those with children in public schools opposition was stronger, at 63 percent.

Monday August 24, 2015

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NYSUT United Are you wondering if your school district will be penalized financially for large opt-out numbers? Via the New York Times: "School districts will NOT be penalized for having large numbers of…

Friday August 21, 2015

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NYSUT United Have you read Carol Burris' report on the opening arguments in Sheri Lederman's lawsuit on teacher evaluations? The judge appears to be taking so-called education reformers to school on the test-and-punish…

Monday August 17, 2015

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NYSUT United The results "tell us virtually nothing meaningful about students or their teachers." "Student test scores based on poorly written, developmentally inappropriate Pearson tests, in a year in which record numbers of…

Friday August 14, 2015

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NYSUT United Sheri Lederman said after the 90-minute hearing, with her husband and attorney Bruce by her side, that the standardized evaluations are unnecessary and that they unfairly pressure and stigmatize classroom…

Wednesday August 12, 2015

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NYSUT United “It would be a huge mistake to read anything into these test results. Whether they're up or down, they tell us virtually nothing meaningful about students or their teachers,” said…

Wednesday August 12, 2015

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NYSUT United "Success Academy, the city's largest and most influential charter network, again plans to flood the rally with its teachers and thousands of students and parents. Success parents are typically asked…

Tuesday August 11, 2015

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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.