Ronald Dinehart, MBA and Anthony Dolisi, of Equitable (formerly "AXA Equitable") a district approved 403b provider, will be dedicating Tuesday June 2nd Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th to BMUST Members regarding their 403b retirement plans/CARES Act questions, or any financial planning concerns they have. To schedule your personalized one on one meeting please click either Ron or Anthony’s link below on their calendar to book a time slot.
If you cannot meet Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday next week please email Ron firstname.lastname@example.org or Anthony email@example.com directly to schedule another time.
ZynBit Calendar Scheduling Link Ronald Dinehart Bellmore-Merrick
ZynBit Calendar Scheduling Link Anthony Dolisi Bellmore Merrick
Dear BMUST Members,
I hope this email finds you and your loved ones in good health.
As you probably know, school budget votes and school board elections are quickly approaching. This year, voting will take place by absentee ballot. All qualified voters will receive a ballot in the mail, along with a postage-paid return envelope, from their school districts. The completed ballots must be received by the District Clerk’s office by 5:00 PM on June 9th, which means you should mail it back a few days before to ensure it gets there in time.
This year’s budget vote is extremely important, especially since the COVID-19 recession could be devastating for school funding. We are not only asking our members to pledge to vote YES for their local school budgets, but to encourage others to mail in their YES votes, too. Since the pandemic has disrupted our usual phone-banking campaign, BMUST and NYSUT are taking a number of steps to get out the vote to pass Bellmore-Merrick’s 2020-21 budget:
1. NYSUT has scheduled robocalls to its members.
2. BMUST is sending postcards to likely YES voters living in the district.
3. BMUST and the component Bellmore/Merrick elementary school unions have purchased full-page ads in the Bellmore/Merrick Herald Life newspapers.
In addition, NYSUT has released its school board candidate endorsements for Long Island, which is attached to this email.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and make sure you mail in your vote by June 9th!
Political Action Committee
Dear BMUST Family:
We are presently forming our committees for the 2020-2021 school year. Our committees are responsible for some of the most important advocacy and work done to build, secure, and maintain our professional lives and careers as educators in BMCHSD. A description of the work done by each committee can be found at www.bmust.org/committees. If you are interested in serving on a committee, or would like to continue serving on a particular committee, please submit this form no later than Friday, June 12th. If you would like more information about our committees, please reach out to me, a building rep., or a current committee rep.
Thank you in advance for your time and your interest.
2nd Vice President
I hope this note finds you all well. This email is meant for those of you in various states of obtaining certain certifications or extensions with the State Education Department. To quote from the NYSUT guidance memo that discusses this matter:
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the State Education Department (SED) has amended several regulations that govern certification in NY. These amendments may help individuals with certificates that expire in August 2020, have applied/are applying for certificates or certificate extensions before September 1, 2020, as well as special education teachers who teach in a special class.
Attached to this email is the aforementioned NYSUT guidance memo. Here a link to the NYSED webpage outlining these changes.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Please see below. If you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible as slots fill up quickly.
FROM: Matt Jacobs, Regional Staff Director
DATE: May 4, 2020
RE: New Dates for Student Debt Seminars
Due to the popularity of the student debt webinars, NYSUT has added dates and raised the registration cap to 150 participants per workshop.
The dates with openings are: 5/7, 5/12, 5/14, 5/19 and 5/21.
All the registration links may be found at: https://studentloans.nysut.org/webinars.
Regional Staff Director, Nassau
Office Tel: (516) 496-2035
Mobile: (516) 319-7065
Fax: (516) 921-2964
BE the union! www.nysut.org/unionvalue
I hope this email finds you well. Last week, the BMUST Executive Committee distributed the first round of donations to all of the applicants. We want to thank those of you who generously donated to the fund.
Tomorrow, which is "Giving Tuesday", we will kick off the second round of collection. Usually held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, "Giving Tuesday" is being launched on May 5 in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVD-19. In considering a charity or cause to donate to, please consider our relief fund. No amount is too small. Below are replies we received from some of the recipients of the first round of collections:
"Please tell me how I can thank all of my union brothers and sisters appropriately. My family and I are beyond grateful for your generosity."
"Oh my goodness!! Thank you so very much !! You have no idea how much this will help... thank you again for your kindness and extreme generosity!!"
"Bellmore/Merrick has always been like a family to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
We will collect donations through June 15. Like last time, you can send your donation via Venmo to @BMUST. If you do not have a Venmo account, you can send a check made payable to BMUST to 1260 Meadowbrook Road, Merrick, NY 11566 . Please put "Coronavirus Relief Fund" in the comment section. The application is still available here. If your situation has changed or you were hesitant to complete it earlier, please fill it out. All the information is confidential.
Do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers
*Please note** The dates mentioned in this email from yesterday have already been filled! If you are interested, please register for the new May dates as soon as possible, or continue checking the link as additional webinars will be added.
TO: Local and Chapter Presidents
FROM: Matt Jacobs, Regional Staff Director
DATE: April 22, 2020
RE: Online Student Debt Webinars
Online Student Debt Webinars are now up and running to replace the canceled in-person seminars. The first one will be offered tomorrow as a test run. Registration for this initial webinar was opened only to members who had registered for one of the canceled live sessions. Two more online Student Debt Webinars are scheduled for next week with open registration. They will be on Tuesday, 4/28 at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 4/30 at 6 p.m. Give the short timeline, please let your members know about this opportunity as soon as possible.
Here is the link to register: https://studentloans.nysut.org/webinars
I hope this email finds you well.
In addition to disrupting our everyday life, the global pandemic has caused economic uncertainty for millions of working people. This includes members of our own union - teachers, nurses, PPS staff, paraprofessionals. To support those members, BMUST has set up a relief fund aimed at providing some financial assistance.
Members who need support may include those whose spouse/partner has lost income from loss of employment or significantly reduced employment; those who are losing a significant addition to their income due to reduction in spring or summer school or camp programs they ordinarily rely on; those who need to pay for at home care or expensive medical equipment for themselves or immediate family members; those who experience a personal or household emergency during this time.
The main purpose of my letter is two-fold. First, we are seeking donations to the fund. No amount is too small! If you would like to donate, you can send your donation via Venmo to @BMUST. If you do not have a Venmo account, you can send a check made payable to BMUST to 1260 Meadowbrook Road, Merrick, NY 11566 . Please put "Coronavirus Relief Fund" in the comment section. Secondly, if you need financial assistance, please complete the application found here. Applicant information will be confidential as noted on the form.
While we are committed to offering support as long as it is needed, we are asking you to submit your donation or application by Wednesday, April 29. Please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers
Last week, Congress passed the CARES Act, formally named ‘‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’’. As a result, there are a few items affecting health accounts (FSAs, HRAs and HSAs).
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