Please see the attached memo for any teacher considering retirement, planning a leave of absence (not maternity), or returning from leave.
As a reminder, our Retirement Seminar will take place this Thursday, from 3-5 pm. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending.
BMUST welcomes back Retirement Consultant Hank Sessa on Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 3-5 pm.
Hank will consult with our members on matters dealing with retirement and retirement planning.
Topics discussed will be relevant to teachers at all stages in their career. New, mid-career, or retirement age teachers are all encouraged to attend this informative seminar. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
RSVP is required in order to attend.
Have you ever considered running for political office, but don't know how to begin? Or, do you want to help local candidates run their campaigns?
NYSUT offers training to assist educators who want to run for office and get elected. In 2019, NYSUT's "pipeline training" helped 53 candidates run for local office in New York. Starting in January, training will take place at the NYSUT Suffolk Regional Office in Hauppauge. There, you'll develop the skills necessary to be a candidate for office, manage a campaign, or help run an effective school board race.
See the attached flyer for details, or visit https://www.nysut.org/news/2019/january/pipeline.
BMUST Political Action Committee
Sorry for the interruption and for the late notice. The president of the Roosevelt Teachers Association, Sal Finelli, has reached out to ask for help with a demonstration being planned for this afternoon (Monday, November 25). The Roosevelt teachers are now 2 years without a contract and have worked much of the last decade without one. Sal is a community member who runs the PAL in Merrick, coaches lacrosse in Bellmore-Merrick and ice hockey at Newbridge Rink.
For those of you who do not know, the Roosevelt school district is just west of the BMCHSD, on the other side of the Meadowbrook Parkway. The Roosevelt teachers will be meeting at the Western Beef parking lot at 322 Nassau Rd, Roosevelt, NY between 3:30 and 4:00. From there they will be dividing into three groups to demonstrate and hand-out informational flyers in front of each of their three elementary schools.
I know that any help would be much appreciated by the Roosevelt teachers.
Since the number of bona fide candidates who were nominated was less than or equal to the number of delegate vacancies, this election has been dispensed with, and all the candidates are declared elected to the position of delegate.
The delegates are:
Jason Elias - Calhoun H.S.
Andrew Franklin - Mepham H.S.
Brian Moeller - Calhoun H.S.
Bill Morris - Mepham H. S.
Dennis Urban - Kennedy H.S.
Rob Walsh - Mepham H.S.
Ronald Dinehart & Anthony Dolisi, Investment Advisors from AXA Equitable, will be visiting Merrick Avenue Middle School next week. Please see the attached flyer for details.
Please wear your BMUST shirt FRIDAY to display your union solidarity.
It has been brought to our attention that some of you were unable to see the information regarding the NYSUT RA Election in its intended format – so please find the attached .pdf file with the information.
It also occurred to us that you might not even know much about the NYSUT RA, so if you would like to learn more, please follow this link.
Greetings, I hope this note finds you well. As you may be aware, the New York State legislature has modified the law governing paid time off to vote in elections. The law states “A registered voter may, without loss of pay for up to three hours, take off so much working time as will enable him or her to vote at any election.” Please note that the law also states:
1. If the employee requires working time off to vote the employee shall notify his or her employer not less than two working days before the day of the election. (Forms to request the time off can be found in the main office.)
2. The employee shall be allowed time off for voting only at the beginning or end of his or her working shift, as the employer may designate, unless otherwise mutually agreed
Polls in New York are open from 6 am – 9 pm on Election Day. New York now has several days of early voting in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as throughout New York City. The intent of the law, I believe, is to give those who might otherwise be disenfranchised because of work obligations the opportunity to vote. If needed, you are certainly entitled to the time, I only ask that you use this right judiciously. It is my understanding that any missed mandated training will need to be made up at a future date. Attached is a copy of the law. The district has a posting on the main office bulletin board in every building.
Voting just got easier in New York. This year, as part of a package of electoral reforms, New York adopted early voting across the state. Please see attachment for early voting dates, times, and locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Registered voters may vote at any of their county locations. You can click https://my.lwv.org/new-york-state/new-york-state-early-voting for more information.
BMUST Political Action & VOTE-COPE Committee