|“NYSUT – a union of professionals”
Attending the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C, was
Jason Carter, Beth Peters and Tom Seimbor.
Louise Ortman won the election to be our regional representative on the
NYSUT Board of Directors. We had voted to give her our endorsement and
encouraged others to vote for her as well. She is currently the
President of the Bloomfield Teachers Association.
4 General Sessions were held over the course of 2 and ˝ days. All WTA
representatives attended all sessions: including New Delegate
orientation, Members Benefits Information on Display, and committees for
Educational Issues II and Legislative Political Action I.
Guest Speakers included: Senator Hilary Clinton, Governor Elliot
Spitzer, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, US Congressman John Hall, and
Commissioner Richard Mills. AFT President Ed McElroy, NYS AFL-CIO’s
President Dennis Hughes, and NEA’s Lily Eskelson also presented.
Along with the usual annual reports on budget and affairs, 61
resolutions were reviewed and a budget proposal seeking increases for
NSYUT member dues (not effecting former NEA members at this time) was
passed. Special orders of business were presented and discussed on the
floor of the assembly as well.
Resolutions were debated in one of 9 committees: Civil and Human Rights,
College and University, Educational Issues I, Educational Issues II,
Healthcare and Workplace Safety, Legislative and Political Action I,
Legislative and Political Action II, Organization, and Pension and
Retirement. Each committee then reported out to the general assembly
what their collective recommendation was for each recommendation and
then the assembly voted to uphold or change the committee’s
For a full report or to find out about a particular resolution please
see Jason, Beth or Tom.
A June region 6 mtg date is still to be determined. Region 6 Directors’
William Tingue, Sodus Faculty Association (315) 483-5242
Yolanda Iannopollo, Waterloo EA (315) 789-6555
Louise Ortman, Bloomfield Pro Ed Association (585) 657-6172
Beth Peters (Alt. Director) Wayne Teachers’ Association (315) 524-1174
Bill Lesniak, (Secretary) Region Retired (Sodus) (315) 483-8061