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Have You Sent Your New Year's Message?

Have you sent your New Year's message to the Regents?

NYSUT has and will continue to use every opportunity to push the Regents and other policymakers in Albany in the right direction. We can't do it alone. If you haven't done it, there's still time for you and your members to sign and send NYSUT's…

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Good News and Bad News from SED

NYSUT's non-stop push to hold the Regents Board members accountable for their actions/inactions is starting to bear some fruit. This week the board approved its State Aid proposal, calling for a $1.3 billion increase, including increased investments in universal pre-K, $125 million more for profess…

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NYSUT Calls for 3-year Moratorium

Updated November 2013
The events of the past several months continue to strengthen our argument for a moratorium:  a moratorium on the high stakes consequences of state standardized tests. This position allows us to remain committed to accountability, appropriate testing and the potential Common Core…

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Monitoring the New Evaluation Procedures

Public school classroom teachers should have received their 2012-13 composite scores and ratings by the end of the day on Sept. 3. Teacher Improvement Plans (TIPs), where required, must be provided within 10 school days after classes begin.

NYSUT is aggressively monitoring the delivery of scores, d…

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Charter Schools

The State Education Department has received 50 "Letters of Intent" for proposed charter schools. Of the 50, SED has accepted 28 and invited those entities to submit full applications by Sept. 18. They are in New York City (22), Buffalo, Oswego, Potsdam and Rochester. You can download the list as xl…

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Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Will be a Boon for Early Retirees

The Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, set to open this October, are expected to make health insurance less costly and easier to obtain for early retirees.  Currently, many Americans who retire before 65 and are no longer insured through…

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Social Security & Medicare

Trustees Reports: Social Security Steady, Medicare Financial Outlook Improved
The Social Security and Medicare Trustees issued their annual reports on the state of the two programs’ finances today. Social Security, according to its Trustees, has a $2.7 trillion surplus, enough to fully meet the deman…

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Seniors and Credit Card Debt

Seniors Face Growing Credit Card Debt Crisis

According to two recent studies, seniors are facing an alarming, and growing, debt crisis. A report from AARP’s Public Policy institute and Demos, a research organization, compared the amount of credit card debt held by different age groups. The report fou…

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A Court Victory

Court of Appeals upholds privacy of pension information for teachers

The union hailed a unanimous appellate court ruling that affirms retired teachers have privacy rights that prevent their annual pensions from being published on websites and in newspapers.

"This is an important victory for our re…

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Social Security - Direct Deposit

Social Security Checks: You are asked to Switch to Direct Deposit by March 1

Millions of Americans still receiving paper checks for Social Security and other federal benefits have less than two months to switch to electronic payments. In an effort to cut spending, federal officials began retiring pap…

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New W-2 Reporting Requirements

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to report the cost of health insurance coverage on W-2 forms issued in 2013 for calendar year 2012. Please note that this is informational reporting only with the intent to make employees more informed consumers.  This amount is not taxable. For furth…

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Right to Work for Less law - Michigan

Labor unions are preparing to challenge the devastating union-busting bill signed into law this week by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The law, which affects public and private sector workers, takes effect in early April and does not change existing contracts. In other words, if a contract does not expi…

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The "Fiscal Cliff" Debate

According to Politico, top officials who have been involved in the "fiscal cliff" talks for many months say the parameters of a deal including the size of tax hikes and spending cuts it will most likely contain are starting to take shape. Earlier this week, White House spokesman Jay Carney…

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Congress is back in Washington

Congress is back in Washington this week and negotiations are under way right now to reduce the federal deficit.  Retirees need to act now and in a loud voice to tell Congress not to balance the budget on the backs of retirees who have earned their guaranteed benefits after a lifetime of hard work.…

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Empire Plan Dual Membership

I just received this from the President of CORTLI.

Attention All.

I have some more information on the Changes to the Empire Plan for Public Employees, 
especially for couples with Family Coverage for both.  If one of those do not OPT OUT the plan will drop the coverage on the spouse with the longe…

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Medicare Rx and NYSUT

NYSHIP Empire Plan Medicare Rx change Jan. 1
NYSHIP Empire Plan retirees who have Medicare as their primary insurance will automatically be enrolled in a Part D Medicare prescription plan on Jan. 1, 2013, unless they cancel coverage. The co-pays and list of covered prescriptions will be the same or b…

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September is Healthy Aging Month

With September “Healthy Aging Month,” the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institute of Health, recommends patients over 50 talk to their eye doctors about yearly comprehensive dilated eye exams. Unlike a basic exam for glasses or contacts, a comprehensive dilated eye exam actually …

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Medicare Rights

There is much at stake for people with Medicare in the presidential, senatorial, and congressional elections. The Medicare Rights Center developed the following Five Medicare Questions for Candidates to help current and future Medicare beneficiaries, their friends and their families learn more a…

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Teachers Growth Scores Not to be Released

We know there are a lot of concerns about SED's recent release of growth scores for teachers/principals with grades 4-8 math and ELA students. Some media outlets are incorrectly reporting that parents will have access to the growth scores, but this is NOT true. 

Under the privacy bill passed in …

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NYSUT's Endorsements


Union's endorsements listed online, coming in NYSUT United

The NYSUT endorsements for the November elections are onNYSUT.org and will be printed in the September issue of NYSUT United. Here's the list of incumbents and challengerswho the union has determined will advocate for working familie…

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