An Important FYI …

Last week the Supreme Court issued it’s ruling in the Janus Case, deciding in a 5-4 decision, that public sector employees across the nation can no longer be required to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. In light of this ruling, we thought it necessary to alert our member to recent activity designed specifically to alienate in-service teachers and urge them to quit their union. Within hours of the Janus decision, a $10 million campaign was launched with the goal of breaking teachers’ unions across the United States.

The Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy has flooded public-school teachers emails nationwide advising them how to leave their unions. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a Michigan-based think-tank, which in December of 2017  filed a 55-page amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Janus suit. What is even more troubling is that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family have been major donors to the Mackinac Center.

Please alert your friends and family who are in-inservice NYSUT members about these potentially harmful emails, and visit the NYSUT Website  for more information on NYSUT on the issue.

A note from the R-UTN Executive Baord — The R-UTN is made up of individuals who retired from the Northport – East Northport district as members of the United Teachers of Northport. We are all very different people, with differing political views, and as such this website strives to avoid posting overt political messages. We do, on occasion, publish information of a political nature that is sent to us from NYSUT as it relates to the quality, and protection, of public education in the state. We do not directly endorse or comment on individual candidates, or make comments or claims about candidates or members of the state or national administration. The naming of the Secretary of Education is not something we do lightly, but this issue is too important to the future of American public education to be ignored.

Political Action…

Adding pressure to change APPR

 As you know the State Assembly overwhelmingly passed an APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) bill that begins to reverse some of the worst points of the current APPR regulations. As you may also know the bill has stalled in the Republican controlled Senate, even though a majority of senators have signed on as co-sponsors.

If by next Thursday the bill has not moved in the Senate, NYSUT is suggesting we show our displeasure with demonstrations across the state at the local offices of those senators who have not signed on to the bill and/or have been instrumental in blocking movement of the bill.

In Suffolk County at this time only Senators Flanagan and Croci have not signed on to support the bill. We hope that will change by next week. Watch for an update.

Visit the NYSUT website for more information on what APPR means.

NYSUT Needs You!

A call to action in Suffolk County to help elect NYSUT endorsed candidate, Steve Stern to the NY State Assembly for AD 10 in the special election on April 24.
You may ask why should I bother?
Even though it’s only an Assembly race, both Democrats and Republicans are spending a lot of money to win — and a win now will impact the election in November. NYSUT is asking all active and retired members to support candidates that are advocates for public education. Steve Stern is such candidate.

How can you help?
Volunteer for the Phone Bank at the NYSUT Regional Office Hauppague:

Monday          April 9             3:30 to 6
Tuesday         April 10          Retirees starting at 10:30, everyone else 3:30 to 6
Wednesday   April 11          3:30 to 8 (dinner will be provided)
Thursday       April 12          3:30 to 6
Monday          April 16          3:30 to 6
Tuesday         April 17          Retirees starting at 10:30, everyone else 3:30 to 6
Wednesday   April 18          3:30 to 6
Thursday       April 19          3:30 to 6
Monday          April 23          3:30 to 6
Tuesday         April 14          Retirees starting at 10:30 to 5
NYSUT Regional Office Address150 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy, Brentwood, NY 11717
Phone(631) 273-8822