[26], In 2018, NYSUT also spent roughly $1.4 million in support of a bill that would reduce the use of student test scores to evaluate teacher performance in New York. Peter Kim - Statewide HIgher Education Political Organizer - NYSUT | LinkedIn. “’Neutral’ Teachers’ Unions Funded Cuomo’s Foes.” New York Post. years, NYSUT holds an Endorsement Conference where each NYSUT local President can attend, with expenses paid by VOTE/Cope funds, to give input and recommendations to the NYSUT Political Action Committee (PAC). Government Organization. A Message from Marc Laffer, NYSUT Tarrytown Regional Staff Director: Welcome to NYSUT and the Tarrytown Regional Office (TRO). The NYSUT Member Action Center, an online tool to connect a grassroots community of activists interested in education, health care and other issues affecting working people and families, also supports political action. [56] [57], NYSUT also reports 24 executive committee members and 67 “directors,” each of which received compensation between $5,000 and $20,000 from the NYSUT in 2017. A girl wears a face mask as students sit in a classroom of the Petri primary school in Dortmund, western Germany, on June 15, 2020 amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Campanile, Carl. But acrimonious relationships between the two unions on the local level and AFT's insistence on what NEA and its affiliates consider undemocratic practices and AFT's insistence upon affiliation with the AFL-CIO are significant obstacles. Part IX, Lines 7-9. “Outside Spending for New York Political Races Tops $14 Million.” The Wall Street Journal. Reopening schools: NYSUT, UFT demand clear, statewide policy for building shutdown, tracing, quarantine protocols in event of positive COVID-19 cases Submitted. The NEA's state operation, the New York State Teachers Association (NYSTA), had been dominated by administrators until 1965, when they were excluded from membership. This is a logo for New York State United Teachers. “New York Withholds Millions in Funding as Schools Struggle with Reopening.” The Buffalo News, August 20, 2020. Lewis, Rebecca C. “Remote Teaching Is Hard. Nonetheless, most of VOTE-COPE’s $100,000 gift to Progress NYS went to support Bronson’s campaign directly, sparking allegations that the gift was made in an attempt by VOTE-COPE to give more than the legal maximum to Bronson’s campaign. Accessed November 16. “New York Teachers Union, NYSUT, Launches Its Own Website to Track COVID-19 Safety Concerns in Schools.” WKBW, November 9, 2020. There will be 11 potential upsets, with nine Assembly races and two in the state Senate. Purchasing Power Member Shopping Program. The final decisions are made by the NYSUT Board of Directors at a meeting held following the conference. In 1960, New York City social studies teacher Albert Shanker and Teachers Guild president Charles Cogen led New York City teachers out on strike. The two unions have continued to work together, however. However, intervention by national, state and local AFL-CIO leaders pressured New York City mayor Robert Wagner to appoint a pro-labor fact-finding committee to investigate conditions in the city's schools and recommend a solution to the labor problem. Oct 2014 – Present 6 years 1 month. NYSUT has advocated for a number of left-of-center education policies, including high publicly funded pensions for teachers and increased taxes to fund public education. [58] Most of these employees have extensive ties to left-of-center labor organizing, including Adam Urbanski, vice president of the AFT and the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN); Barbara Bowen, AFT vice president and president of the Professional Staff Caucus (PSC); and Evelyn DeJesus, vice president of education for UFT.[59]. Part VII. City and State NY, October 23, 2020. Cuomo gave Robert Mujica, director of the New York Division of the Budget, the authority to withhold appropriated state funding due to budget imbalances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. [43] Through the site, individuals can submit safety complaints regarding cleaning, masks, ventilation, and district communications surrounding COVID-19 policies, which NYSUT then makes available for general viewing. The union adopted UTNY's Committee of 100 program, a group of many more than 100 members who agreed to lobby the state legislature in person twice each year. The NYSUT Member Benefits Trust was established in 1983 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit trust distinct from NYSUT for the purpose of endorsing and monitoring quality, competitive insurance plans and benefit programs. Accessed November 16, 2020. NYSUT was ultimately required to pay NEA a multi-million dollar settlement. [16] While VOTE-COPE donated twice to the Bronson campaign directly, its donations were legally limited to $4,700. MAC runs a number of digital campaigns which call on its members to contact state legislators, email United States Senators and Representatives, and use social media to support public policy initiatives. NYSUT statement on election of Dr. Lester W. Young Jr. as state Board of Regents chancellor 1/11/2021; With Dr. Jill Biden, we’ll have one of our own in the White House 12/22/2020; Union sees path forward with new slate of educator-lawmakers 12/19/2020; Educators say ‘new normal’ is not sustainable 12/19/2020; Furloughs, layoffs are not the answer 12/19/2020 The merger agreement was signed March 30, 1972. [40] NYSUT further demanded a statewide mask mandate for all public schools, rather than leaving it up to each district, and defended the ability of teachers to abstain from working due to health concerns. “New York State to Fund School Districts in Full After Withholding Money.” The Wall Street Journal. After the failed merger attempt, the unions formed the 'NEAFT Partnership' to encourage joint policies on education, federal funding for public schools, and lobbying. In 1971, the New York State legislature, under "messages of necessity" from Governor Nelson Rockefeller, enacted five "anti-teacher" laws. During the 2020 election cycle, VOTE-COPE made over $8 million in expenditures, reporting its primary recipients as NYSUT ($5.6 million) and the AFT ($2.1 million). [37] NYSUT panned the proposal, criticizing the partnership for not directly involving teachers and instead demanding left-of-center education reforms, such as wealth taxes to increase school funding. Shanker urged changes on the AFT state affiliate. Both the NEA and AFT began rapidly organizing new members. [4], NYSUT is a federation of over 1200 local labor unions which include over 600,000 educational and health care workers in the state of New York. NYSC Teacher G.G.S.S. “Issues.” MAC NYSUT. [48] Prior to joining NYSUT, Pallotta worked as an elementary school teacher in New York. One extended the probationary period for new teachers from three to five years. Chapter Political Coordinators; Election. Accessed November 16, 2020. In 1981, the union won passage of a law granting collective bargaining rights for substitute teachers. The union welcomed paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel—including bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, and others. In 2005, the Committee of 100 counted several thousand members and VOTE-COPE raised more than $3 million in voluntary contributions. ALBANY — New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) launched its own COVID-19 tracker to bring attention to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns in schools across the state, the teachers' union announced Monday. Other offices included Dan Sanders, first vice president; Antonia Cortese, second vice president; and Ed Rodgers, secretary-treasurer. Hurst, Cameron. NYSUT-endorsed candidates receive grassroots support from NYSUT members, including phone banking, door knocking and literature distribution. NYSC Teacher at … NYSUT organizes VOTE-COPE, a political action committee that coordinates member contributions to support NYSUT’s endorsed candidates. According to NYSUT's Department of Labor records, about 33%, or a third, of the union's total membership are considered retirees, with eligibility to vote in the union. In early 1960 the Teachers Guild merged with a splinter group from the more militant High School Teachers Association to form the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). A year later, the union won passage of a bill giving school paraprofessionals a full year's retirement credit (12 months) for working a full 10-month school year. [27], When New York began to withhold payments to school districts over the summer of 2020, due to a fall in tax revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSUT immediately called on the state government to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to make up for the losses. The 35,000-member NYEA had approved the merger agreement on April 29, 2006. Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:45 am. NYSUT is a powerful political force in the state of New York, supporting a number of Democratic candidates for state and federal office. Pampuro, Amanda. Political Director NYSUT. Harding, Robert. Harding, Robert. [50] Pallotta has additional ties to left-of-center labor organizing, working as vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO and as vice president of the AFT. Accessed November 16, 2020. Despite a battle royale with the National Education Association (NEA), an infusion of cash by the AFT and the AFL-CIO enabled the UFT to win the December 16, 1961, election with 61.8 percent of the votes. When, however, he voted against enhanced education funding in favor of Cold War measures (like the B-1 bomber), Shanker insisted that he was elected by all the members of the AFL-CIO convention and obliged, therefore, to vote against teachers when approval of defense appropriations was at issue. NYSUT president Andrew Pallotta, executive vice president Jolene DiBrango, and second vice president Ronald Gross all sit as vice presidents of the AFT. Center for Responsive Politics. The delegates responded by passing a resolution that disaffiliated NYSUT from NEA. Chris Sielaff . NYSC Tales. New York State United Teachers. NYSUT is an umbrella group which provides services to local affiliates in New York state; lobbies on the local, state and federal level; conducts research; and organizes new members. Precious, Tom. Among AFT's "undemocratic" practices are its abolition of the secret ballot, its requirement that delegates to its convention vote for officers by roll-call ballot, identifying their choices and their names in writing. Oct 2007 – Sep 2013 6 years. More generally, though, NYSUT has simply been supporting the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals (RAP) in its efforts, NYSUT regional director Tom Gillette said. [36], In May of 2020, Gov. Shanker died in 1997. For the 2012 New York's 18th congressional district the NYSUT endorsed Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney.[3]. In March of 2007, Floyd was appointed by the NYSUT Board of Directors to serve as its manager of Retiree Services. At the NYSUT convention in New York City that same year, delegates argued over the merits of the disaffiliation resolution. NYSUT's membership had, in fact, been diversified from the outset. [14] VOTE-COPE was the sole funder of Progress NYS during the summer of 2020, which had just $60 in the bank at the time of the donation. City and State NY, May 10, 2020. Shortly after, the executive director and other staff members of NYSTA began to meet with Shanker and his aides to discuss the possibility of a merger. NYSUT Member Benefits utilizes its staff of experienced professionals, Board of Trustees, Board of Directors and independent benefits consultants to assist in product design and provide research on potential program endorsements. Revenue: $160,522,675 Over the next quarter-century, NYEA's membership stagnated, while NYSUT's exploded thanks to its leaders' decision to recruit members outside the field of education. NYSC Taraba . He has worked closely with NYSUT retiree leaders and staff on political and legislative issues of concern to retirees. [44], In 2017, NYSUT reported $170,996,886 in revenue, 83% of which came from membership dues from teachers and other employees across the state of New York. Pallotta and DiBrango are also involved with the New York State AFL-CIO. Michelle Couture. Posted: Jan 5, 2021 / 08:49 AM EST / Updated: Jan 5, 2021 / 08:54 AM EST. [7], Aside from its affiliation with other education-specific unions, the NYSUT is affiliated with the left-of-center AFL-CIO. Accessed November 16, 2020. NYSUT Member Benefits Trust Board of Trustees: J. Philippe Abraham, Chairperson Roderick P. Sherman, Secretary Loretta Donlon Matthew Hill Thomas McMahon Kevin Peterman Angelina Rivera Thomas Tucker Representatives: Jeffrey S. Hartnett, Plan Administrator Betsy L. Porter, Manager of NYSUT Member Benefits. Other, voting ineligible, classifications include "special constituency" (2%) and "at-large" (1%). [46] NYSUT also spent over $600,000 on grants in 2017, primarily to other labor unions and left-of-center nonprofit organizations. Accessed November 16, 2020. [54] DiBrango has donated over $5,000 to VOTE-COPE over the four years from 2017 through 2020. Box 15143 . President . Erbacher, Megan. Capital District 800 Troy-Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110-2455 (518) 783-7977. On January 11, 2019, the NYSUT Board of Directors appointed Jeffrey S. Hartnett as the new Director of the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust. “Andrew Pallotta.” NYSUT. [35] As the state struggled with layoffs and difficult financial forecasts due to hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue, NYSUT demanded increased pay for educators, the implementation of a wealth tax, and the prevention of any teacher layoffs. [3], NYSUT’s leadership team includes several members of the left-of-center labor organizing community. Latham, NY. In April 2014, Karen Magee was elected NYSUT president. This accounts for 203,427 "retiree," 12,663 "special constituency," and 7,731 "at-large" members, compared to 388,476 "in-service" members. (Ina … Some of the union's accomplishments include: NYSUT continued to expand collective bargaining rights for teachers as well. NYSC Taraba. Shanker was elected president of the national AFT in 1974 but continued to hold his position in NYSUT until 1984. The union has organized community action in support of a number of political initiatives, including the implementation of a high wealth tax to fund public education and the regulation of charter schools. In 1979, the union began organizing registered nurses and other health care professionals in both public and private sector hospitals and clinics. “Cuomo Says Schools Can Reopen in New York State.” observertoday.com. The AFT has long sought merger with the NEA on a national level. This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 19:21. [2] In 2020, NYSUT also sued the state of New York for withholding school funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assets: $124,542,776. “NYUST Voter Guide. The motives behind the strike were wages, establishment of a grievance process, reduced workloads and more funding for public education. Blogger. [20], The voter guide encouraged its members to follow the AFT and NEA’s recommendations to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden (D) in the 2020 Presidential election. 518-640-6600 (800-342-4206) 866-812-9446 . However to win on these issues, Shanker and Cogen argued, the city's teachers had to be in one union. [49] Pallotta has also extensively encouraged union members to run for public office, developing a program to train candidates within the union. [1] Since the 2018 Janus vs. AFSCME non-union members do not pay dues. He was succeeded by Richard Ianuzzi, NYSUT second vice president and a member of NYSUT's board of directors. Endorsements; Voting Info; Campaigns; Vote-Cope; FAQ's; NYSUT/UUP Labor Relations Specialists. The Triborough Amendment required school districts to honor the entire contract until a new agreement was reached, and the number of strikes fell drastically. “New York State United Teachers Calls for Mandatory Mask Wearing at School.” The Daily Gazette, August 27, 2020. College & University. Schedule I, Part II. “New York State United Teachers.” Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Form 2017. NYSC Taraba STATE. “Bronson Campaign Gets $100,000 Boost from State Teachers’ Union.” WXXI News, June 16, 2020. [34], When the COVID-19 pandemic first reached the United States, NYSUT called for mass shutdowns, arguing in early March of 2020 that schools should be closed in all counties with even a single case of COVID-19. P.O. [24] Nonetheless, during the election cycle, NYSUT gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that opposed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), instead supporting far-left candidate Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary. Each union had spent large amounts of money battling the other for bargaining rights and members while the state legislature and local school districts steadily chipped away at union rights and collective bargaining agreements. The recommendation included a number of Vice President Biden’s left-of-center policy proposals as reasons to support his candidacy, including increased public funding for higher education, mass student loan forgiveness, and support for increased unionization. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus_v._AFSCME. Ron Smith. In 1975, passage of a law guaranteeing tenure transfer rights and a maximum two-year probation period for teachers who switched districts; In 1976, a legislative override of a veto of a bill requiring a formula for average funding of New York City public schools (it was the first override of a governor's veto in 104 years); In 1977, a law providing for significantly enhanced enforcement powers for the state Public Employment Relations Board; and. Hobart and Shanker began promoting a merger between the NEA and AFT at NEA meetings, an effort that met with a hostile response. NYSUT is a powerful political force in the state of New York, supporting a number of Democratic candidates for state and federal office. Floyd brought to the position an extensive knowledge of NYSUT’s policy objectives. NYSUT's membership is diverse, representing all five membership categories of the AFT: preK through 12th grade teachers and paraprofessionals in the public and private sector; higher education faculty and paraprofessionals; public employees; private sector libraries; and nurses and other healthcare workers in the public and private sector. NYSC TV. New York State United Teachers. “J. Combined, the merged units represent 197,000 members. Many school districts ceased to honor clauses they disliked in expired teacher union contracts, which led many locals to strike. There are more than 900 local affiliates of NYSUT, which range in size from locals of fewer than 10 members to the 140,000-member United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in New York City. Three other states have merged AFT-NEA affiliates: Florida, Minnesota and Montana. NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation Board of Directors: Margie Brumfield … Statewide Political Action Committee Coordinator for NYSUT Greater New York ... Director IT Operations and Enterprise Information Management Cupertino, CA. * Retired teacher * UFT district representative * UFT Teacher Center special projects director “Maurice was a strong teacher advocate and a fighter for teachers’ rights and civil rights,” said Marvin Reiskin, a retired UFT political director, who met Maurice in 1968, when teachers went on strike after his second day of teaching. “New York State United Teachers.” Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Form 990. Blogger. His election represented the first time the AFT had a seat on the council. [8], Aside from engaging in membership training and collective bargaining initiatives, NYSUT is heavily involved in political action. “What’s Your Plan to Vote?” NYSUT. “NY Teachers Union: Close Schools in Counties with Confirmed Coronavirus Cases.” Auburn Citizen, March 14, 2020. Tag: NYSUT Special Election Bracket Busters. The organization was renamed the New York State Federation of Teachers in the 1960s and the United Teachers of New York (UTNY) in 1971. [52], Jolene DiBrango works as executive vice president of NYSUT. Professional development also became a concern. Accessed November 16, 2020. In 1986, the union won passage of a bill creating mandatory mentor-intern programs in schools, so that established teachers would be able to mentor student-teachers during their internships in the public schools. [6] NYSUT notably includes the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the main New York City teachers union which includes over 140,000 teachers and other education employees. [45] The group made the vast majority of its expenditures on salaries, pensions, and benefits, totaling over $108 million and accounting for 64% of NYSUT’s total expenses. Spector, Joseph, and Sean Lahman. Andreatta, David. Accessed November 16, 2020. Product/Service. NYSUT established a retiree division in 1976. In 1971, Shanker and newly elected NYSTA president Thomas Hobart entered into formal merger negotiations. New York State United Teachers. “New York State United Teachers.” Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Form 2017. In addition, we provide support to local NYSUT unions in New York City. [41] [42], In November of 2020, NYSUT launched an online website for teachers, community members, and other school employees to report COVID-19 safety concerns across the state of New York. [1] NYSUT also exercises influence in New York electoral politics, frequently supporting Democratic candidates for state and federal office through its political action committee, VOTE-COPE. It stated that disaffiliation from either national group, within a five-year period of the 1972 merger, would obligate NYSUT to pay "liquidated damages" to the national organization from which NYSUT disaffiliated. [25] These included contributions to the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and New York Communities for Change (NYCC). Politically, 1973 was a pivotal year for NYSUT. Part VII. [39] NYSUT responded to the announcement by demanding a rule that schools shut down immediately for two weeks if any student or staff member contracted the virus. Shargalle, Katsina State. [55], NYSUT’s other top leaders are also involved in left-of-center labor organizing. 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