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  • We Need a Local Voice in Albany

    As the year winds down, we would like to keep you up to date with some important events.   First of all, thank you to everyone coming to celebrate  the careers of our retirees on June 1st. There are still plenty of tickets so if you haven't purchased them, please see your senior rep as soon as...
  • School Board Elections Tomorrow

    Tomorrow voters across Long Island will be going to the polls to vote on their school budgets and on their school boards.  I would like to encourage all of our members to get out to the polls and support your communities and support public education by voting for your school budget.  While it is...
  • Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

    05.10.2017/General News
    Every year the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service, along with the United Food and Commercial Workers, AFL-CIO and more host the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  It is one of the largest single day food drives in the country.  It is so successful because it is...
  • The Educated Voter

    05.09.2017/General News
    The Bellport Teacher’s Association proudly endorses the South Country School District’s 2017 Budget and supports the following candidates for the Board of Education: Jack NixI’m inspired to bring a younger perspective to the BOE. Teachers need help to thrive in their creativity. Jack graduated...
  • Vote on your School Budget Tuesday May 16th

    05.04.2017/Political Action
    It’s important that everyone exercise your right to vote in your local school budget election on May 16th. Polls are open from 6 AM until 9 PM.  Support your community and support your schools. Vote Yes May 16th
  • Long Island Duck's Tickets

    05.02.2017/General News
    Long Island Teachers are advertising with the Long Island Ducks, and part of the package is season tickets to all home games. They have 4 seats for each game valued at $12 each. Below is the schedule. Simply just let your Building Rep know which game you want and we will make arrangements to get...
  • Teamsters on Strike in Suffolk. BTA to support them Wednesday

    This week the Teamster delivery drivers at Clare Rose went on strike. Clare Rose delivers Budweiser products to bars and restaurants across Long Island. They went on strike after the company gave them a final offer that included a 30% pay cut and the elimination of their pensions. Just a day...
  • 7th Annual Workers Memorial Mass - April 25th

    04.21.2017/General News
    A message from President Wayne White   April 28th is a day recognized annually by the union community as Workers Memorial Day, which is the anniversary of the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Say what you will about those pesky OSHA inspections, but OSHA safety and regulation...
  • Announcement: CMM Plan Open Enrollment Opportunity

    04.21.2017/General News
    Open Enrollment Period: May 1, 2017 to June 15, 2017Coverage Effective Date: January 1, 2018  As you may be aware, the Catastrophe Major Medical (CMM) Plan has been closed to new participants since July 2011. On January 1, 2014, the CMM Plan became self-insured and sponsored by the NYSUT Member...
  • Workers Memorial Day Service - April 28th

    04.20.2017/General News
    On Workers' Memorial Day, April 28th, workers across our Nation pause to remember those who have died as a result of a workplace injury or illness. Once again, Long Island's workers failed to escape the tragedy of death as a result of performing their jobs. These workers and their grieving families...
  • BTA President Wayne White Elected At Large Director for Districts 21,22,23

    04.20.2017/General News
    This past weekend, the 600,000 members New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) held their annual Representative Assembly as well as the triannual statewide union officers' elections. A few open positions within the leadership offered a much-needed change in leadership throughout the board. One new...
  • Union Dues are now Tax Deductible

    04.19.2017/Political Action
    In a first step to counteracting attacks on union membership by right-to-work forces, the Enacted Budget includes provisions to authorize the deduction of union dues from state income taxes. While not a dollar-for-dollar reduction, the new deduction will reduce taxable income by what a union member...
  • No, in November!

    03.06.2017/Political Action
    Are you R.E.A.D.Y. to vote in November? Can you say that you are R.E.A.D.Y.? Registered to Vote Educated on the Issues Activated to Mobilize Determined to fight unYielding in our efforts to save public education   On November 7, 2017 there will be a vote held to decide if the NYS Constitution...
  • Newsday: Long Islanders boo, cheer Betsy DeVos' confirmation

    02.08.2017/Political Action
    Public school educators and teacher unions on Long Island and at the state level largely denounced Betsy DeVos’ confirmation Tuesday as the nation’s secretary of education, while supporters of school choice celebrated and claimed victory. That the matter required a tiebreaking vote in the U.S....
  • Time to Take Action

    Public Education is under attack.  The new administration has appointed an anti Public Education nominee to run the Education Department.  Betsy DeVos doesn't even have a history of working in the classroom or in the administration of a school.  Instead she has used her personal wealth to push a...
  • Work to do in 2017

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a well deserved break and spent some quality time with family and loved ones. I just wanted to thank all of you for making this union well-balanced, hard-working, and advantageous during 2016. It was because of your hard work that paved the way for another...

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