March for our Lives

The students from Parkland, Florida want to make a difference — and in support rallies are being held all over the country on Saturday, March 24.The rallies are designed to show solidarity with survivors of the Parkland Florida shooting and demand that lawmakers make gun reform a top priority to end this cycle of gun violence in our schools and our communities at large.

Local rallies will be held on Long Island — The official Long Island high school student organized March For Our Lives Rally is happening in Huntington on the baseball field in Heckscher Park (near Madison Street and Sabbath Day Path).

Click on this link for additional information, or to find another Long Island rally.

A Message for NYSUT Regional Office …

Political Action in Suffolk County – 3/15/18

We need to keep winning elections

We’re all aware that public education, labor and in particular public employees unions are facing serious threats to their very existence.   What has empowered our enemies is that we lost too many elections in the early part of this decade.  But starting about a year ago we began to see a change — last May we won a special election with Christine Pellegrino, this fall we demonstrated the clout we could bring to the polls with the overwhelming Con-Con win.  Around the country we’re seeing progressive candidates doing better than we have seen in years.
 
If we’re going to defend labor’s rights, we must keep up the momentum.  That means winning more elections.
 
Our next chance is another special election on Long Island on April 24. NYSUT has endorsed former County Legislator Steve Stern for Assembly.  Win this, put another friend in office.
 
We’re not going to ask you to do a lot.  Everybody’s got a lot on their plate.  But with a just a little help we can win an election and continue to turn the tide.  We need only one day (see below), an hour or two from you and a few of your members.
 
As part of this campaign we’re going to be asking local leaders to contact members who live in AD 10, NYSUT will do some mailings, but we also need volunteers to make some calls and do some texting.  Below are the days and times for phones, let us know when you and your local can help either at the regional office, your office, or whatever works.  Please RSVP ASAP
 
Phone banking at regional office:
 
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

Did you work at the Middleville Road building?

R-UTN member John Kobel has been working with the parent’s from the Middleville / Northport Middle building concerning the ongoing health problems.  The parents have contacted a class action law firm with regards to the health issues (past and present) in the building.  

The following is a letter that the parents’ group forward to John Kobel from the Law Firm of Leary Bride.

We want to meet with all former teachers, but not in a group setting.  We want to meet with them individually. 
Please reach out to anyone who might be interested in meeting with us and have them call my office and ask for my paralegal, Sarah Dugan.  She will create a schedule so we can meet with each person individually. 
 
Thanks.
 
Thomas B. Lim Counsel
7 ridgedale Ave
Cedar Knowls, NJ. 07927
Phone:  973-539-2090
 
Thank you for all your responses to the first email and hope you will continue to share.

PROPOSED FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS TO MEDICARE

President Trump sent his proposed 2019 budget to Congress on Monday February 12th.  When running for office, he pledged to leave Medicare benefits untouched.  However, his budget proposal would reduce Medicare spending by $554 billion over the next 10 years. If you are concerned about the budget proposing huge cuts to the Medicare program, contact our Senators with your concerns and urge them to vote against this budget proposal. Continue reading