Tag: labor

PJSTA Hosts Organizing Conference

Today the PJSTA hosted the Organizing for Power in a Post-Janus World conference at Terryville Elementary School. Dozens of local unionists and activists attended as we discussed, analyzed, and strategized organizing strategies.  Check out the inspiring messages from the conference’s guest speakers, MTA President Barbara Madeloni and REA President Angelina Cruz.

PJSTA Resolution In Support of Striking West Virginia Teachers

The resolution below was passed by the PJSTA’s executive board today. All members are encouraged to click here and contribute to the strike fund. Whereas the teachers and school service employees in West Virginia have been suffering under changes to their health insurance resulting in drastic increases to the premiums paid; and Whereas West Virginia’s …

Introducing PJSTA Live!

I am excited today to announce the launch of a project that I am pretty excited about… PJSTA Live!  PJSTA Live will be a regularly broadcast show on YouTube where we cover different angles of the public education and union landscape.  Our goal is to further engage our members, teachers outside of our local, and …

Reminder to PJSTA Members: Wear Red Tomorrow!

Just a reminder to all PJSTA members to wear red tomorrow as a show of solidarity and support for our brothers and sisters in the CTU who will be on strike in the morning, barring a last minute settlement.  Last week we shared several other ways that you can show support. Sister Michelle Gunderson on …

PJSTA Resolution in Support of the CTU

Passed unanimously by the Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association’s executive board…   WHEREAS the Chicago Teachers Union has been negotiating since 2014 for a just contract, and WHEREAS Chicago students and teachers have faced attacks on public education that mirror those in New York State and around the country, and WHEREAS Mayor Rahm Emanuel has …

Summer Musings Part II- Examining Our Union Structures

Last week I published my “Summer Musings Part I” post in which I posed a number of questions… As I begin to wrap my head around the idea of the 2016-2017 school year, I do so with the question in mind of how do we raise teacher voice across New York State and beyond?  How …

PJSTA In Solidarity With Striking Verizon Workers

Today the PJSTA dropped off two cases of water on ice for striking Verizon workers picketing along Middle Country Road in front of the Verizon Wireless store at Smith Haven Mall. The workers, members of the Communications Workers of America union, are on the 45th day of their strike.

A Conference You Won’t Want to Miss

I want to quickly share with our readers and wholeheartedly endorse the upcoming 2016 Labor Notes Conference.  The conference, being held in Chicago from April 1-3, brings together grassroots unionists from around the country to discuss common issues and strategize ways to build grassroots unionism. I personally know several of the teachers who will be …

Public Sector Unions Poised to Escape Friedrichs Case Following Scalia’s Death

It was literally moments after the news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death that people started to react to what the consequences would be.  Included among them would be the outcome of the Friedrichs vs. California case that threatened to be a tremendous blow to public sector unions.  Scalia was expected to be among the …

Some Union News

Some interesting teacher union tidbits coming in this week… One of the largest NYSUT locals, the Buffalo Teachers Federation, concluded a contested election for it’s leadership.  President Phil Rumore, won re-election with 707 votes.  Challengers Pat Foster and Marc Bruno had 344 and 299 votes respectively.  What is interesting is that Rumore had about 52% …