“Right to Work” law is not what is seems …


We’re facing a pivotal moment in our fight for justice. This month, the Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME Council 31—a case brought by corporate elites to further rig the rules against working people. We need your voice to be heard against these wealthy special interests.
Fifty years ago this month, some 1,300 African American sanitation workers faced a pivotal moment when the tragic deaths of Echol Cole and Robert Walker helped spark the historic Memphis sanitation strike. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. soon joined the AFSCME members in demanding recognition of their union, basic safety standards and a decent wage.
Undercutting our right to organize exacerbates the racial wage gap and starves the unions that give communities of color a voice against corporate interests.
Corporate CEOs have been waiting for their chance to stop collective power, and the case to be heard in the Supreme Court is a direct threat to the rights and freedoms that working people have fought—and even died—for. That’s why working people will mobilize on Feb. 24 to defend our freedom to join together in union as the case is heard by the Supreme Court. But before we rally, we need you to make your voice heard:
Corporate lobbyists, extreme legislators and greedy CEOs want to weaken working people’s collective power by denying our right to join in union. They are asking the Supreme Court to strip our freedom to speak out together for fair treatment, better wages and safe working conditions.
Before the end of the week, we need 20,000 people to speak out. Add your name now: Tell the Supreme Court to defend working people’s rights to join together.
In Solidarity,
Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO


On November 2, 2017, a few hundred retirees attended the Retiree Conference at the Watermill in Smithtown. After Continental Breakfast, NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale,VOTE/COPE coordinator June Smith and Regional Political Organizer Jeff Friedman spoke about the campaign against the Constitutional Convention and the operation of the phone banks. Suffolk Regional Office Director Peter Verdun gave an update on current issues facing NYSUT, including the Constitutional Convention and the agency fee court case, “Janus”, before the Supreme Court. The breakout sessions included a comprehensive presentation on long term care and other elder law issues, a discussion of proposed plans to expand Medicare, a presentation on the experiences of a Japanese-American in a World War II internment camp and an opportunity to make phone calls supporting a no vote on proposition 1 – the Constitutional Convention.  After lunch, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discussed issues related to our pension benefit. In all, the day was informative, the speakers inspiring and the food was great. Thanks are due to Joan Perrini for all the hard work to make the event possible.

RC 23 Fall Luncheon

Peter Verdon addressing retirees.

Seven executive board members of the R-UTN attended the Retiree Council 23 Fall Luncheon on October 19 at Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue. Attending were colleagues from the RC23 member chapters — Commack, Elwood, Harborfields, Hauppauge, Huntington, Kings Park, Northport, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Sachem, Smithtown and Three Village.  VOTE/COPE Chair June Smith gave an update on NYSUT’S phone campaign to defeat the Constitutional Convention proposition. Retiree services Consultant Joan Perrini highlighted the upcoming Regional Retiree Conference on November 2nd.

RC 23 President Ellen Burke urged members to continue phone calls and to attend the “Pizza and Post Card” party at the NYSUT office.  ED 52 Director Rosemary Catanzariti emphasized the need to donate to VOTE/COPE and the possible financial impact of the current Agency Fee Supreme Court case.

Peter Verdon & Ed

Guest speaker Peter Verdun stressed the importance of getting the vote out on November 7th. He also had a surprise in store for the Northport contingent when he related that he was a Northport graduate, and his guidance counselor, Ed Nostrand, was at the Northport table.

After a great meal and informative speeches, we held raffle of gifts donated by each chapter.  The lucky winners were Barbara Schubart, Kathy Hynes, Mary Kay, Rita Root, Judy Bensimon, Carol Crowley, Carolyn Bogart, Elaine Gish, Fran Martin, Joyce Duck and Ana (no last name) from Commack.



Those who take elections for granted often lose …

If you look around Suffolk County you’ll see a lot of Vote No signs and magnets.  If you talk to your members, because of the work you’ve done, they know the importance of this election.  But we haven’t won yet and we can’t take a win for granted.

Remember the last major statewide poll?  While we’re closing the gap, the yes vote was still ahead.  Also remember what we saw about voter turnout in an off year election?   The record shows that a lot of our members normally do not vote in off year elections.

In the last two or three weeks of this campaign we expect to see a lot more attention and money spent promoting the yes vote.  Did you see the Newsday editorial today?

The NYSUT Phone Bank is up and running — and Tuesdays are Retiree Days from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come for an hour or a day and help get our message out. Retirees are also welcome on Mondays and Thursdays.

Phone Bank Locations and Times where you send volunteers as of today:

Suffolk Regional office:

Mondays all members 3:30 to 6:30 until Election Day
Tuesdays 10:30 to 6:30
Retirees 10:30 to 6:30 (except Halloween when we will only do retiree calls from 10:30 to 1:00)
In-service volunteers 2:00 to 6:30 (except Halloween)
**Just added ** Thursday 11/2 3:00 to 6:30


NYSUT Regional Conference

The theme for this year’s NYSUT Regional Conference is Critical Issues Facing Seniors. The conference, to be held on Thursday, November 2 at the Watermill in Smithtown, features a continental breakfast, seminars of interest to NYSUT retirees and lunch.

Download the Conference Registration Form to register. Registration Deadline is October 25. For more inforamtion call Joan Perrrini at (631) 273-8822.