How to Win

In the last post, we talked about why this election is so important. Not only do we need each of you to make sure you get out and vote, but there are few other important things you can do to make sure that we come out on the winning side on November 6th.

  • If you have grown children, make sure they are registered to vote. Click here for a link you can send them.
  • If you have children away at college (or any family members who will be out of town on 11/6), click here to get them an absentee ballot.
  • Click here to double check your own voter details (polling place, election districts, etc.) Or click here to find election district info for any address.
  • Put it in your calendar – now. Planning out the time you’re going to vote (i.e. before school, after school, after dinner, etc) makes it much more likely that it will happen.
  • Check out the list of NYSUT endorsed candidates (Don’t worry, we’ll send this out again – in a more condensed form – closer to Election Day)
  • Help get out the vote. SWRTA will be helping out with phone banks on Monday, October 15th from 3:00 to 7 pm. You can come right after your building meetings.

Not only are phone banks way less stressful and much more fun than you probably think, they are also incredibly effective:

In the Con-Con election, 60% of NYSUT members voted overall. That’s pretty impressive, since it’s about double the general population. But what’s really amazing is that number rose to 87% among members who were directly contacted!

So please, click here to let us know that you’ll join us on the 15th . You can stay for as little or as long as you’re able.

2018 Phone Banks
RCFA Offices
223 Roanoke Ave, Riverhead

 

 

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Why This One Matters…

While every election is important, this year’s in particular will have a tremendous impact on public education here in New York. After putting up with years of broken promises, it actually looks like we have the opportunity to help put in place a number of legislators who share our values and will represent us and our students in Albany.

As just one example, last Spring a bill was before the Assembly and Senate that would have drastically changed APPR, allowing districts and unions to work together to create fair evaluation systems, rather than having to rely on invalid test scores and byzantine, state-approved rubrics. The Governor had announced plans to sign it, but it was blocked by a handful of Senators who were acting on their own agenda. Issues regarding charter schools, school funding, the tax cap, etc. have also failed to be addressed.

The APPR bill (as well as bills related to these other issues) will likely arise again and we want to make sure things go as they should.

It is critical that we have a very strong turnout to support NYSUT endorsed candidates. These are people who will help to make sure that the interests of public education are heard. It’s important to note that our endorsements include both incumbents and challengers and includes Independents, Republicans, and Democrats; what they have in common is that they share our values.

As you probably know, teachers tend to vote in slightly higher numbers compared to the general population. This is great, but it’s not enough. In addition to casting your own ballot, there are a few things you can do to help insure victory on November 6th. Click here for some ideas.

Congratulations, Christine!

We are delighted to announce┬áthat Baldwin Reading Teacher Christine Pellegrino won Pellegrino-Family-300x200Tuesday’s special election in the 9th Assembly District.

Running as a progressive Democrat in an overwhelmingly Republican district, her candidacy was a longshot, but she prevailed thanks to tremendous support from NYSUT and other unions. Members from all around (including SWRTA) made phone calls, attended fundraisers, and canvased for Christine to help get out the vote and help voters see why she was the far better candidate to represent working people.

While it’s just a single seat in an Assembly with 150 members, make no mistake – this is a huge victory. It is a victory for teachers who now have a voice within the chamber, and it is a victory for unions – showing that we can still fight the good fight and prevail.

We are very proud of Christine and wish her tremendous success.