We are again looking for volunteers. Same as last year, sign in people, take payments and help out any way needed. As we all know Bill Perrotti is the Spell-a-palooza champ and he will be there to defend his title this year. The event will be held on November 19th at Daniele’s on Seneca Turnpike. If you are interested in helping out please let  me know.
Enesa Sabanagic
AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison
Central New York Labor Agency
287 Genesee St.
Utica, NY 13501

I am going to try to keep it short and sweet today, partly to make room for the chart on the right here.
What you see here is a list of UTA representatives and their attendance at Rep Assembly meetings this school year. In full disclosure, my own attendance is noted as well. In the first week of September, we will be electing new representatives and FAC members. Keep this chart in mind, and remember that any UTA member can come to an assembly meeting as a substitute for a representative if the rep is unable to be there.

We recently had an election for officers and delegates to NYSUT. I was disheartened by a few things.

  1. There were no contested races in
    terms of officers, and two offices had
    no one running for them.
  2. The number of votes returned from
    many schools was pitiful.
  3. Some (3) ballots had been written on
    with false names, the word ‘none’, or my favorite:
    “We need new union leadership—our executive
    board has failed us. Please resign!”

Yes, you read that right. Someone actually wrote that. Go back and read number one from my list. I’ll give you a second, go ahead. All set? If you were the one that wrote the comment mentioned in number three, reread number one. This was your opportunity to change our leadership! You could have run! Why didn’t you?

I have little to no patience for people that hide behind anonymous comments and pretend that they have any clue the amount of work that is put in by our exec board (of which I’m not a part, by the way). All I have to say is, if you don’t like something, work to change it. If you don’t want to do the work, stop com- plaining.

This is a dark time for education, educators, and organized labor. The greatest strength we have lies in our numbers. We must stand together, or we will surely all fall. Go to your building meetings. Read about what’s happening in education (from reputable outlets). Go to a rally or two. Run for representative. Speak out for real. I will be right there with you. Have a great summer.

In solidarity,

Kirstin Vivacqua

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

-Pauline R. Kezer