My Dear Union Brothers and Sisters,
I hope this note finds you and your families well. I am writing to ask that we wear our BMUST t-shirts on Tuesday, May 18th. May 18th is an important day for two reasons. The most obvious is that it is the day that school districts across Long Island hold their school budget vote and have their Board of Education elections. It is vital that we support our home school districts in the same way that we hope that the residents of the BMCHSD support the work that we do everyday. Equally important is that we help elect pro-education candidates to our local Board of Educations.
The second, and perhaps not so obvious reason, is that May 18th is the date of the second rally being held by the Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) to express their frustrations over not having had a contract since 2010. Here is a link to a video recorded by the Long Island Presidents Council at this past Tuesday's rally. Even if you can not make it on the 18th to support the HCTA (the rally begins at 3:30 and will be held at 185 Peninsula Boulevard in Hempstead), let the wearing of our BMUST shirts be a reminder to us of our good fortune as we enter the final year of our current contract and prepare for negotiations over the next contract.
Please continue to take good care of yourselves and of one another.