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  • The Union Advantage

    I would like to bring to your attention a few key issues. As many of you know, in February the Supreme Court heard a case, Janus v. AFSCME, that could really hurt unions. The goal of the case is to defund public sector unions like ours by allowing teachers to continue to get the benefits that BTA...
  • NYSUT: Opt Out Know Your Rights

    04.09.2018/General News
    As schools across New York State prepare for the administration of the grade 3-8 English Language Arts and Math tests in April and May, parents and teachers continue to raise questions about students opting out of the tests. To help answer these questions, we have updated our fact sheets for...
  • The Advantage of Being a Union Teacher

    04.04.2018/General News
    Average Teacher Salaries in Right-to-Work States vs. Fair Share States* RTW States Average Teacher Fair Share States* Average Teacher   Salary(2015)   Salary (2015) Alabama $47,949 Alaska $65,468 Arizona $49,885 California $69,324 Arkansas $46,631 Connecticut...
  • AFT President Visits Bellport

    03.20.2018/General News
    On  March 19th, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten visited Bellport. She held a class with some of our students where she gave a civics lesson on the importance of unions. Later in the day, she met with leaders from some of the local teachers unions in Suffolk County....
  • Preparing for Janus

    As we enter the the spring, we are going to experience some major changes in our profession. This month has already been a topsy turvy ride with the tragedy that has occurred in Florida to incidences of discipline in our own district to the hearing of such an important Supreme Court case at the end...
  • What You Can Do About Guns in Schools

    02.25.2018/General News
    From NYSUT President Andy Pallotta: We want to take a moment to update you on actions being planned across the country to protest gun violence in our schools.  Earlier this week, President Trump held his first in a series of listening sessions around this topic with students, parents and others...
  • Creating a More Consistent Disciplinary System

    02.23.2018/General News
    The BTA is doing all that is can to address the issues of consistency in discipline throughout the district in order to make things safe for our students and our members. There have been multiple stories about occurrences on discipline in the middle school and the high school this month.  It is...
  • The Cost of Janus

    02.07.2018/Political Action
    In just a few weeks, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case challenging fair share fees. With the case expected to be decided by June, The Empire Center has decided to take a look at the economic impact of Janus on public sector unions in the strongest union state,...
  • GRAMMY winner remembers her favorite teacher

    02.01.2018/General News
    "My feet will never forget it."  That's what Bronx music teacher Melissa Salguero recalls about walking the red carpet last night at the GRAMMY Music awards, where she was honored as GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year.  Yes, that red carpet. And that black dress with bling, and those shoes, the ones...
  • The Beacon: What's Next?

    01.29.2018/General News
    When you reflect on the last few years, it has been one long fight trying to preserve our system. Public education is again under attack and we need to stay vigilant. Together we defeated a reopening of the NYS Constitution through a vote in November. Now public education; specifically unions is...
  • Have a Joyous Holiday Season BTA

    A message from President Wayne White    The Holidays are one of the greatest times of the year. When you get to spend much deserved time off with loved ones opening gifts during Hanukkah or on Christmas morning. Please find a moment to slow down, sit back and take it in. This is the life that we...
  • L.I. Teachers Holiday Ad Campaign: Consider Becoming a Teacher!

    12.21.2017/General News
    The holiday season is upon us and believe it or not this is also the college application season. A teacher shortage is upon us and school districts across Long Island will be looking to hire a highly qualified, diverse staff to meet demand. So high school seniors, enjoy the holidays, volunteer when...
  • Janus v. AFSCME Looms as the next Battle for Teacher Unions

    12.21.2017/Political Action
    Levittown United Teacher's Joe Romano provides an insight into the Janus v AFSCME case In March of 2016, the United States Supreme Court rendered a split 4-4 ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The plaintiff, in that case, was asking the court to find that employees...
  • Happy Thanksgiving Bellport

    We are now entering into the season of thanks. On Thursday, families will come together to give thanks for the many gifts and bounties they have received over the past year. This year, we are giving thanks for you, the membership. I can truly say that I am lucky to represent such a wonderful group...
  • Vote NO on a Constitutional Convention

    11.07.2017/Political Action
    A Multi-Million Dollar Boondoggle In 1967, the last “Politicians’ Convention” held in New York cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Fifty years later, the price tag is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. That’s an awful lot of money to spend on an exclusive party for New York...
  • Flip the Ballot Over and Vote No

    11.06.2017/General News
    */ When you go to vote, you will need to flip your ballot over to vote on Proposition 1. Once you flip your ballot, fill in the "No" box. Click here to download the sample ballot. 

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