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NYSUT What We Do - Profiles

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

NYSUT United On Monday we rallied on the Million Dollar Staircase; on Tuesday our volunteer activists were face-to-face with lawmakers in their offices.

Wednesday March 04, 2015

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NYSUT United "There's an appropriate time and place to rally for education. The New York State United Teachers held their rally in Albany after school hours on Monday. Charter schools should follow…

Tuesday March 03, 2015

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NYSUT United For years, Governor Cuomo has ignored the landmark decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equality lawsuit, in which the state's highest court ordered the State to provide the school funding…

Tuesday March 03, 2015

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NYSUT United “To create a budget that emphasizes the over reliance on a test-and-punish system just shows and proves that this governor does not understand what is best and what is needed…

Tuesday March 03, 2015

NYSUT Blog

It’s Tenure Tuesday in White Plains
If you are in White Plains on a Tuesday, chances are you are seeing red. Educators from the White Plains Teachers Association are wearing their new, red T-shirts to school…

Tuesday March 03, 2015

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NYSUT United Thank you to the many parents, educators, and public school advocates who took a stand at the Capitol today in protest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's anti-public education agenda. We'll have…

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United This is what democracy looks like! #CallOutCuomo

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United Activists march down the concourse on their way to the Capitol's "Million Dollar Staircase" to stand up for what #AllKidsNeed. #CallOutCuomo!

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United Brette & Madeline Bateman - Albany CSD/New Scotland Elementary

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United Paul Davis - Bainbridge Guilford CSD

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United The crowd is getting fired up! #CallOutCuomo!

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United On March 4, Success Academy Charter Schools, Inc., will close its public schools so that thousands of students and staff can attend a rally in Albany. Listen to NYSUT President…

Monday March 02, 2015

NYSUT Blog

‘Silence no more’
Editor’s note: Crises often bring good people together. We may not always agree on every issue or priority, but when it comes to providing for what all kids need and…

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United Today we celebrate #ReadAcrossAmerica Day - and wish a happy 111th birthday to Dr. Seuss! Schools and libraries across the country are holding events to celebrate and encourage people to…

Monday March 02, 2015

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NYSUT United Today is the day! Join in and stand up for what all kids need!

Monday March 02, 2015

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Saturday February 28, 2015

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NYSUT United Hello Philadelphia! Yet another great crowd at Indian River high school.

Saturday February 28, 2015

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NYSUT United Here are your many tweets, photos and stories documenting the energy and activism of today's North Country bus tour to #CallOutCuomo. Keep 'em coming!

Saturday February 28, 2015

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NYSUT United Yet another GREAT turnout in Massena. Gov. Cuomo, hear us roar!

Saturday February 28, 2015

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NYSUT United Cuomo won't visit a classroom, but he did drop in for the Massena leg of the bus tour. Well, at least his cardboard cutout did!

Saturday February 28, 2015

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NYSUT United Great turn out for the first leg of the North Country bus tour! Next stop, Massena.

Saturday February 28, 2015

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NYSUT United More forums to #CallOutCuomo today as the North Country strikes back with events in Plattsburgh at 10, Massena at 1 and Watertown at 4.

Saturday February 28, 2015

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Friday February 27, 2015

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NYSUT United Check out this powerful 30-second video from Yorktown Congress of Teachers for just a few reasons why Gov. Cuomo should stop blaming teachers and support our schools.

Friday February 27, 2015

NYSUT Blog

Yorktown video: It really is about the kids
Animation is lively, colorful and engaging – and its use in a new, 30-second grassroots video, backed by the tender voices of young children, is message pure. At its heart…

Friday February 27, 2015

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NYSUT United So much passion and energy on display as thousands of advocates - parents, students, educators, administrators, school board members and lawmakers - called out Gov. Cuomo tonight at education forums…

Thursday February 26, 2015

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NYSUT United "The governor can't handle the truth. The public is supporting teachers in this fight because it sees them doing heroic work in schools that serve New York's poorest and most…

Thursday February 26, 2015

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NYSUT United Governor Cuomo is doubling down on underfunding schools and over-testing students. Why does he continue to ignore research and the very real concerns or parents and teachers?

Thursday February 26, 2015

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NYSUT United Community forums on public education are taking place across New York state - several of them this evening. Here's an unofficial list of what's going on in the next few…

Thursday February 26, 2015

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What tenure, unionism meant to a blind man
The recent death of retired Poughkeepsie School District Teachers Association member Bruce Bevan raises a powerful story of tenure. A student of public schools in Hyde Park, Bevan went on…

Thursday February 26, 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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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.