Sad News …

Michael Glennon, former Northport High School English teacher was and English Chairperson, passed away on July 7, 2018. After leaving Northport he served as the principal of Wheatley High School in Old Westbury. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Driscoll Glennon; two sons, Michael and Patrick, his daughter Martha Linetzky and six grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Constance and his daughter Mary.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nolan and Taylor Howe Funeral Home from 2:00 – 4:30 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Sunday July 15. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Centerport, NY. Interment to follow at the Northport Rural Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to Good Shephard Hospice, 200 Belle Terrre Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777,

The Janus Decision Explained

There is widespread confusion about what the recent Supreme Court decision in the Janus case really means for unions. Justice Ruth Ginsberg, who wrote a strongly worded dissenting opinion, recently offered a concise explanation in easy to understand, non-legalese.

Public sector workers who don’t want to join a union don’t have to, and since 1947 they cannot be forced to pay union dues. This was already the state of affairs before this court ruling. However, public sector unions are REQUIRED BY LAW to provide services to both members and nonmembers who are part of the bargaining unit. What unions have done in the past is charged non-members fees for services.(Note: this is similar to what many membership based businesses do. For example, Amazon Prime). What this ruling does is make it illegal for unions to charge non-members fees for services provided. In other words, it requires public sector unions to provide services for free to those who don’t feel like paying for those services. NON members who do not pay for those services can sue unions for failing to provide the same services that they provide members (that is already true, before this ruling, and will remain so).. So what is wrong with this ruling is that the government is requiring unions to accept unreimbursed liability and provide unreimbursed services to anyone who feels like being a free rider, for whatever reason. It ensconces in law the “right” of nonmembers to be free riders who benefit from unions’ services without paying for them. What an odd thing for conservatives to support. I bet they wouldn’t want that to be the law for whatever businesses or nonprofits they own or operate. Imagine if a restaurant was required by law to provide anything on its menu to anyone who walked in and ordered it, but prohibited from charging anyone who didn’t feel like paying for it. That is the position that this ruling has put public sector unions in.
Ruth Ginsberg

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.

Watch Eye Witness News Tonight

Northport Middle School (Middleville Middle/Junior School) will be on Channel 7 Eye Witness News again at the 5 o’clock news. This is Part Two of the continuing story of the Chemical Contamination and poisoning of students, teachers and staff that is still going on today. 
The teacher who has been teaching in John Kobel’s former classroom, G 51, for the last seven years has just been diagnosed with “Heavy metals poisoning“. She thought that only K wing was contaminated and had no idea that the steel door in the floor at the back of her room was a cesspool. 
One of the Board of Ed Trustees who has been fighting to help has made public that her son was diagnosed with “Heavy metal poisoning” after spending three years in that building. She and two other board members have tried to pass a motion to do ground water and soil (both surface and deep) sampling but they always loose the vote by a count of 4 to 3. 
 There will be other people speaking in the report tomorrow. 
Please, we need your help. Tell everyone to watch Channel 7 Eye Witness News tomorrow at 5 o’clock. We need to help our fellow teachers and staff and, of course, the children.
Thank you, 
John Kobel
R-UTN Member and Retired Northport Middle School Teacher

What you need to know if you are traveling outside the US.

Are you planning to travel outside the US? Then you should be aware of how your health insurance works during foreign travel.

Empire Plan coverage is available worldwide, primarily in the form of reimbursement. If Medicare is your primary insurance, you should be aware that Medicare does not provide coverage outside the United States (with a few exceptions).

If you require medical care while abroad, the American Embassy can usually provide names of reliable, English-speaking doctors. After receiving medical services, ask for copies of your medical records in English, if possible. Keep a receipt when you pay your bill. When you get home, submit the records to the appropriate Empire Plan administrator. The Plan administrators will reimburse you directly for covered expenses. If you are Medicare primary, remember that Medicare does not provide coverage outside the United States. If no other coverage is in effect, The Empire Plan is primary until you return.

The above paragraph was excerpted from the publication, On the Road with the Empire Plan. The publication  is a must read for all New York State retirees who travel out of New York, both in the United States and internationally.

Click the buttons below to download the New York State publications or to learn more about Medicare and foreign travel.




Thanks to member Ed Nostrand for sharing the information about Medicare and foreign travel.