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NYSUT What We Do - Profiles

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 School librarian, Susan Polos, is an active advocate for her students. Whether she is speaking out against excessive testing, or advocating for library resources for her students, Susan knows she…

Friday October 24, 2014

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Friday October 24, 2014

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NYSUT United TIME: apologize to America's teachers for the misleading and hyperbolic attack on your November 3 cover.

Friday October 24, 2014

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NYSUT United In exchange for a donation to the American Cancer Society, NYSUT Staff members dressed in pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month today. Did you participate in any…

Wednesday October 22, 2014


A day for pink
NYSUT officers and staff at the union’s headquarters in Latham showed their heartfelt support for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts by wearing pink to work. The special dress…

Wednesday October 22, 2014

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NYSUT United 13 days to go! Learn about pro-education candidates and find out how you can volunteer.

Wednesday October 22, 2014

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NYSUT United Spanish teacher, Colleen Sheehan, speaks her opinion on what due process means to her.

Wednesday October 22, 2014

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NYSUT United Blaming low-student achievement on teacher tenure —a meritless claim not supported by any evidence— is like blaming the due process earned by firefighters for fire.

Tuesday October 21, 2014

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NYSUT United The preliminary vote to change the graduation requirements means students would be allowed to substitute a passing score on an approved CTE exam for one of the five Regents exams…

Monday October 20, 2014

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NYSUT United Troy TA President Seth Cohen, right, accepts 3,500 books on Friday, Oct. 17 for signing up 331 Troy TA members as a part of the Saratoga Truckload Challenge. The Saratoga…

Friday October 17, 2014

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NYSUT United Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen calls income inequality "one of the most disturbing trends facing the nation."

Friday October 17, 2014

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NYSUT United Here are some photos, taken by Dennis Stierer, of the Buffalo Solidarity Rally that took place yesterday, Oct. 15, 2014.

Thursday October 16, 2014


NYSUT stands in support of South Burlington educators
NYSUT stood strong with sisters and brothers in Vermont Wednesday as the South Burlington Educators Association entered day two of their strike in protest of failed contract negotiations and unfair…

Thursday October 16, 2014

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NYSUT United Robyn Salvin talks about why tenure is important for excellent teachers. Robyn teaches social studies in New York's Capital District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.

Wednesday October 15, 2014

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NYSUT United Morales thinks his standing up to the administration has cost him his job. And a preliminary finding from the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations backs him up.

Tuesday October 14, 2014

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NYSUT United The suit, filed Wednesday by NYSUT's Office of General Counsel on behalf of five teachers, charges the State Education Department with violating teachers' First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights by…

Tuesday October 14, 2014


(Purple) Lights, cameras, action against domestic violence
Right now, purple lights are streaming on buildings across New York as companies, organizations and people join in the campaign “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.” It’s far more than…

Friday October 10, 2014

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NYSUT United Campbell Brown: In Her Own Words

Friday October 10, 2014

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NYSUT United This is a must-read -- another sickening example of how corporate America continues to stick it to its workers. What GE is doing to the workers who built the global…

Thursday October 09, 2014

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NYSUT United Check out this video of Campbell Brown!

Thursday October 09, 2014

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NYSUT United On Monday, October 13, we observe Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Did you know there are over a dozen lesson plans related to Columbus Day on Share My Lesson? All…

Wednesday October 08, 2014

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NYSUT United "In the olden days, I'd have laughed it off." "However, these are not the olden days. The are the days of high-stakes testing. These are the days in which our…

Wednesday October 08, 2014

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NYSUT United Read and share the results of a new poll conducted by Harstad Strategic Research that shows broad based support for us on education issues. Some highlights: * Roughly 2/3 of Americans agree…

Tuesday October 07, 2014

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Tuesday October 07, 2014

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NYSUT United "The misguided focus by the anti-union forces and their wealthy corporate backers on this essential due-process right - a right that is the very foundation of America's justice system -…

Tuesday October 07, 2014


Utica-area unionists make waves for ‘Strides’
The Riveredge conference hotel sits right on the water in Alexandria Bay, a long stone’s throw across the St. Lawrence Seaway from Boldt Castle. The largest tanker sliding by on…

Tuesday October 07, 2014

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NYSUT United Two districts, a distance of just 1.7 miles apart. "The disparities between the two indicate a much larger problem facing the public education system in the United States, where opportunity…

Monday October 06, 2014

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Friday October 03, 2014


National poll shows broad support for union positions on education issues
Read and share the results of this poll that Paul Harstad did for Democrats for Public Education. It shows broad based support for the union on education issues. Some highlights:…

Friday October 03, 2014


Shout it from the mountaintops: VOTE!
June 1964 Dear Mom and Dad I have arrived safely in Meridian, Mississippi. This is a wonderful town and the weather is fine.  I wish you were here. The people…

Thursday October 02, 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.