• LAST UPDATED: December 20, 2014


    Topics on the this page:

    2. 2 awards below and if you know someone that fits the descriptions please send me their name by Dec 31st 2014.
    3. Don't forget about the WINTER COAT DRIVE
    4. Billiards fundraiser for United Hospice of Rockland
    5. New membership cards to be mailed soon
    6. NYSUT condemns Cuomo letter to Regents
    7. Take a look at the Annual Toy Drive
    8. Over 452 books donated
    9. New York State K-12 Social Studies Field Guide
    10. NYSUT statement on the resignation of Education Commissioner John King
    11. Pandora's Box Information
    12. Food collections at Shoprite
    13. Protocol for reporting a Health and Safety
    14. Minutes

    Dates to Remember:

    January 22-Billiards Bonanza to benefit United Hospice of Rockland
    January 30/31 – Local Presidents Conference Connecticut

    February 24th or 25th – BOCES Lobby Day in Albany
    March 2nd & 3rd – Committee of 100 in Albany
    March 19th- Bowling Extravaganza to benefit United Hospice of Rockland
    March 20th & 21st – SPR Conference in Connecticut
    April 30th – may 2nd – Local Presidents Conference an RA in Buffalo
    July 20th – July 24th –LAP Saratoga
    August 11th – 13th – Summer Leadership – Parsippany NJ


    Please follow the link below and complete the survey ASAP. Very important!!!!!!!


    RBSA Negotiations Survey

    Thank you,

    The Negotiations Team



    Please read the 2 awards below and if you know someone that fits the descriptions please send me their name by Dec 31st 2014.

    NYSUT Life Line
    Many times our members risk their own safety and lives to save the life of another. NYSUT is looking to add to its life line honor roll by listing the names of those members who have saved a life during 2014

    Sandy Feldman Leadership Grant
    To recognize and support new, emerging women leaders
    Must be interested in developing her potential as a leader in her union.
    Must have demonstrated her interest and commitment through participation in union activities or training.

    Thanks for your help.

    Christopher Conti




    When: till February 28th

    • Needed: New or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for all ages.
    • For Who: Coats will be distributed to B.O.C.E.S. families in need
    • Where to donate: You can give donations to your building rep or drop it off at the collection box in Bldg. 3 (CTEC).
    • Where to pick up a coat: Joan Raynor at the Family Resource Center


    If you have any questions please contact
    Elena Temple
    845-627-4800 or



    NYSUT condemns Cuomo letter to Regents

    The union slammed as "clueless" a letter sent by Gov. Cuomo's office to the Regents and SED, saying the questions and tone signal "ignorance about what parents want and the real issues facing public education."

    "The governor barely campaigned, and he certainly hasn't visited classrooms and met with parents whose schools have suffered devastating, inequitable budget cuts during his administration. I taught in the Bronx and Brooklyn for 24 years and I know the great work that teachers and public schools do day in and day out. The governor can't honestly say that. Maybe he should partner with NYSUT in scheduling town hall meetings in the coming months, where he can hear -- unfiltered -- the concerns parents, educators and students have about standardized testing, the Common Core and other so-called 'reforms.' We know what works."



    New membership cards to be mailed soon

    Members of NYSUT local unions will receive new NYSUT membership cards by mail at their home address shortly. These valuable cards come with a new feature this year: a miniature version for a key ring that lets members conveniently access benefits and discounts, as well as streamlined check in to local and statewide union events.

    The mailing includes a letter from President Karen Magee explaining the benefits, and responsibilities, of union membership. It also includes a brief guide to "what membership means to you" and details of the broad and growing array of NYSUT Member Benefits.



    Billiards fundraiser for United Hospice of Rockland County

    Rockland County Teacher Association Billiards fundraiser for United Hospice of Rockland County will be held at Diamond Jims in Nanuet on January 22 from 4-7pm.

    Contact Debbie Kydon at

    DDDk57@aol.com if interested in signing up to join a BOCES team.


    The Rockland BOCES Staff Association collected 375 toys
    to be given to People to People "Joy Store"


    Toys will be donated to People To People for their JOY STORE.
    Thanks to all the members of the Rockland BSA who contributed, and a
    special thanks to Elena Temple for coordinating the Toy Drive.



    New York State K-12 Social Studies Field Guide


    Available at


    Food collections at Shoprite

    Food Drive:
    • Tentative dates for food collections at Shoprite are as follows:
    • February 28th, March 21st, April 11th
    • To volunteer or if you have questions please contact Elena Temple at



    Pandora's Box Information




    NYSUT statement - The resignation of Education Commissioner John King - ALBANY, N.Y. December 10, 2014

    Jun 8, 2013

    NYSUT statement on the resignation of Education Commissioner John King
    ALBANY, N.Y. December 10, 2014 –

    New York State United Teachers released the following statement today on news that state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. is resigning to take a senior position at the U.S. Department of Education. "NYSUT has disagreed sharply and publicly with the commissioner on many issues. The disconnect between the commissioner's vision and what parents, educators and students want for their public education system became so great, NYSUT voted 'no confidence' in Commissioner King last spring and called for his resignation.

    We hope he has learned from his stormy tenure in New York state and look forward to working collaboratively and productively with the Regents to improve public education going forward. "We call on the Regents, in appointing the next education commissioner to, first and foremost, select a passionate advocate for what children and public schools need.

    The next commissioner must be a heralded educator who respects parents, teachers and students. New York needs an education commissioner who listens carefully; is willing to learn from others and compromise; and who understands that true collaboration among stakeholders will make New York's already strong public education system even stronger. Without that, all of our sincere efforts to narrow the achievement gap and ensure that all students are ready to contribute to our economy going forward will be in vain."New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care.

    NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.


    Health and Safety

    Protocol for reporting a Health and Safety issue-


    First let the supervisor know about the situation.

    If not resolved, let Joe Bianchi know via email


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