Please see the messages below from Edward Kent, NYSUT Nassau Regional PAC Coordinator and Ken Ulric, former ED-17 Director. Invitation is attached.
Nassau PAC team and Presidents,
At-Large Nassau PAC Coordinator Ken Ulric (former ED-17 director) will be hosting a viewing of Education Inc. at the Farmingdale Library on Election Day.
Please share this information with your members and encourage them to attend. The more people that understand what is happening to their locally controlled public education, the stronger this movement will become.
NYSUT Nassau Regional PAC Coordinator
I saw “Education, Inc.” at both Huntington and Bellmore last week and found it positively frightening. I think we need to try to keep the ball rolling with the public, so I’ve scheduled a showing on election day to point out what happens when people don’t come out to vote.
I’ve got 300 seats to fill. I’ve invited the Farmingdale administration and school board, Opt Out (they are helping me get the word out), and local elected officials. I need your help to spread the word as well. Please forward the attached flyer to locals and retiree groups in your area and encourage them to attend. I believe the more people who see the movie, the more angry people we will have.
I am very happy to announce that last night the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the following members of our Negotiations Team:
Mark Steinberg, President
Rob Walsh, 1st Vice-President
Peter Brideson, 2nd Vice-President
Jon Dell’Olio, Grievance Chairman
Brian DeGaetano, Kennedy HS
Jason Elias, Calhoun HS
Lisa Gaeta, Grand Avenue MS
Deanne Junior, Merrick MS
Laura Sheridan, Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Gregg Zogby, Mepham HS
The team will be meeting Tuesday, October 20 to begin discussions and coordinate a plan for the negotiations process. School visitations with team members will be arranged so that BMUST members have an opportunity to share their ideas with us.
Your building representative on the team should be utilized to discuss topics you would like to see addressed during negotiations. Everyone should have a blue contract book to refer to during your building discussions. Your representative can then bring your ideas to the entire team.
Please know that the entire team will work diligently to achieve a fair and reasonable settlement. We welcome and encourage your ideas and suggestions, and we ask for your support and unity as we begin this endeavor.
Simple Thoughts on Retirement Planning
Below is a letter from Hank Sessa, BMUST's Retirement Consultant.
Simple Thoughts on Retirement Planning
There are so many questions and emotions associated with retirement. The secret to dealing with this situation is planning whether you are a first year, a tenth year or a last year employee.
How will I save for retirement and all the other needs of my family? How do I invest? Will I have enough savings? Will I relocate? Should I volunteer or work for income. Can I travel? What can I do with my time?
The concerns are personal and legitimate. Your retirement should be based on what you want to do. It is normal to be concerned.
Spousal, family or financial issues always enter into the process, but yours is the opinion that counts. Use caution when it comes to letting others have too great an impact on your thoughts.
For a prospective retiree this is a stressful time. The best way to approach retirement at any stage of your career is with a flexible plan. The plan can be an ever-changing series of thoughts that can be as simple as “I will wait for my decision until Social Security”, “I will accumulate a certain dollar amount” or “I will open a 403b or Tax Sheltered Annuity”. These all work. Planning can and will help your thinking about and expanding your thoughts on retirement.
In my 16 years as a retirement counselor one thing stands out. People with a plan have an easier time with the emotion of retirement.
Finances are important but the emotional side of retirement is important too!
If you need or want help getting started with your plan or “wrapping up” your career, may I suggest that you visit the NYSTRS website or attend one of their seminars. Beware of insurance company invitations.
You can also call me or set-up an appointment to discuss any and all retirement matters. I welcome your inquiries.
Making Strides With Breast Cancer Walk
The big day is almost here! The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is just around the corner.
BMUST is preparing for another great event. Here are a few reminders:
Locust Valley, Conflict Over Triborough
Please read the note below from Gabrielle Harrington, Locust Valley.
Last night, the members of the Locust Valley School Employees ratified a one year CBA which ended our conflict over Triborough and gives us the right to incremental step every year (beyond Triborough). So, there is no precedent set here that anyone should be concerned about!
Our event as listed above was a huge success and I thank each and every one of you for sending your members as requested.
If any of you need our help in the future, we are ready to go!
Thank you, again, and have a great weekend!
Gabrielle Harrington, Locust Valley
IMPORTANT Information Regarding SEPTA
"education inc.'" screening
NYSUT is hosting a free screening of the documentary film “Education, Inc.” It will be playing October 6, 2015 at The Huntington Cinema Arts Center and October 7, 2015 at The Bellmore Playhouse - see the attached invitation with links to register. The documentary shows how one community in Colorado is fighting back against the push to privatize their public schools and explains why big corporations push for more and more high-stakes testing.
This heartening story demonstrates how working together “WE” can help prevent the destruction of public education. The movie will help bring together our community and galvanize support to take action.
Following the movie the panel discussion will afford the audience members several actions they can take to protect their public schools.
Please try to attend one of the screenings and encourage your members and community residents to attend.
Share the attached flyer with members of your local and parents in your community.
Registration can be done quickly easily by going to the RSVP link on the attached flyer.
Huntington Cinema Arts RSVP http://www.cvent.com/d/xrqhx0
Bellmore Playhouse RSVP
Long Island Political Organizer