Event celebrates Hispanic excellence and achievement
NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer J. Philippe Abraham welcomed two Latina trailblazers as part of “Celebrando Nuestra Hispanidad,” NYSUT’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration — State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa and Evelyn DeJesus, AFT executive vice president. Both women are the first Latinas to hold their respective positions. “You each have done so much to uplift us and to represent Latinx individuals throughout the country,” said Abraham. In case you missed it, you can watch the virtual event online.
Union-backed apprenticeship program opens in Albany
President Andy Pallotta thanked the elected officials who helped secure funding to make M.A.P.P. a reality in Albany. The Multi-Craft Apprenticeship Preparation Program, out of Rochester, represents a unique and important partner for those seeking a career in a wide array of apprenticeships. The goal is to prepare historically disadvantaged populations to meet and exceed industry standards in AFL-CIO construction and building trades. (Left to right: Assemblyman John McDonald; U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko; Patrick LaFortune, MAPP; Kean Wiggins, student; MAPP executive director; Andy Pallotta, NYSUT; Assemblymember Patricia Fahy; State Sen. Michelle Hinchey; Assemblymember Carrie Woerner; and Niaja LaFortune, student.)
Walk the walk ... to defeat breast cancer!
NYSUT’s 2021 efforts for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer continue in 10 sites across the state this weekend, and throughout October in many more locations. Participants and team captains can register via the NYSUT page. (Above: Jennie Rook, Clarence TA member and breast cancer survivor, will make strides this weekend in Western New York.)
- SRP Recognition Day is Nov. 16! Visit NYSUT’s SRP Recognition Day web page to download promotional tips, innovative celebration ideas and other helpful resources, including “SRPs Rock” artwork, a poster, flier and more for download.
- NYSUT fought many years for full funding of the state Foundation Aid formula before the state finally agreed in budget negotiations last spring to make it whole. Now, the state has settled a 2014 court case, following through on its commitment to fully fund the current formula over three years.
- Seidemann court decision ends the demands for union dues refunds.
- The State Education Department is soliciting stakeholder input into the New York State Performance Plan for students with disabilities. SED will be holding virtual meetings to engage stakeholders. Here’s the invitation.
- NYSUT continues its extremely popular online Student Debt Webinars Nov. 9 and 18. Register online now for one of these helpful sessions.
- Get the facts on certification requirements for Teaching Assistants, levels I, II and III, at NYSUT’s 4 p.m. Oct. 28 webinar. Registration is free for members.
- Please donate to NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund. The 501(c)3 can help union members impacted by recent hurricanes and tropical storms. Go to NYSUT.org/DisasterRelief to apply for assistance.