This afternoon the high schools will receive the BMUST t-shirt and the middle schools will receive them tomorrow at their faculty meeting. These shirts were ordered for you by your union. We ask that you wear the t-shirt to work on Friday, May 4th. Although that day bears no specific importance, we’ve selected it as OUR day to demonstrate our unity and pride in unionism.
As we await the pending decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Janus case and witness the thousands of teachers demonstrating in different parts of the nation for fair pay for teachers and professional rights for us all, let's wear the t-shirts to recognize the importance of our union rights and as a promise to each other to keep our local, state, and federal unions strong in the face of attacks from political institutions and outsiders.
If you did not order a t-shirt and would still like to order one, please contact Kim in the BMUST office or see your head building representative.
he Kiwanis Club of the Bellmores is raising money for the community with an Annual Pancake Breakfast to be held at Applebee's. All are welcome. Please see the attachment for further details.
Eileen Davidson (formerly Flood) was a member of our BMCHSD family from 2008-2010. During her short time here, she positively impacted students, athletes, and faculty alike. She was an asset to our community and was loved and respected by all. Sadly, Eileen’s husband, FDNY Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson, made the ultimate sacrifice on March 22, 2018 when he battled a fifth alarm blaze in Harlem, NY. This devastating, unimaginable loss has left Eileen without her husband and her 4 young children ages 1 to 7 without their father. Please consider donating any monetary contribution so that we, Eileen’s BMCHSD family, can assist the Davidsons during this incredibly difficult time.
Cash may be given to your Head Building Representative this week.
Three regional offices (including both Nassau and Suffolk) and one local union office were the subjects of attempted stings on Tuesday sponsored by Project Veritas. As you may recall, Project Veritas produces secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters with leaders and workers in public sector unions and various academic, governmental and social service organizations, purporting to expose allegedly abusive or illegal behavior by employees and/or representatives of those organizations. In an effort to make unions look bad, they selectively edit videos to take comments out of context and create the false impression that people said or did things they did not actually say or do.
In order to protect yourself and your members against these dishonest sting operations, please regularly practice the following safety procedures at all union meetings and events, both formal and informal:
● Be alert to suspicious behavior or encounters in private and public settings.
● Report any suspicious behavior or encounters to your LRS.
● When solicited for advice or counsel, always make sure you know the identity of the person you are talking to. Verify membership if the person soliciting your help or advice is not known to you
● If you have your own union office, be sure any staff person working there is aware of these procedures.
● Always assume that someone may be recording a conversation with you and remain professional in all of your responses.
● End conversations that make you uncomfortable or suspicious.
● Post signs at all union events stating: Members Only. Making recordings without the authorization of the union is not permitted. Make everyone show a badge or ID to enter.
● Remind members to be cautious when having conversations people they do not know in public settings like coffees shops or bars.
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 am very pleased to announce the recipients of this years' BMUST awards, chosen by their peers in the buildings and by members of the Board of Trustees. Each award winner will be honored at the Annual BMUST Awards Dinner Dance.
John Boyle - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Dennis Dagger - Grand Avenue Middle School
Jon Dell’Olio - Kennedy High School
Gregg Muscarella - Calhoun High School
Denise Schleith - Merrick Avenue Middle School
Gregg Zogby- Mepham High School
LOU DeFILIPPO OUTSTANDING UNION SERVICE AWARD
Brian Moeller/Calhoun H.S.
PARA SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD
Susan Grippa/Merrick Avenue M.S.
Evelyn Wilken/PTA Coordinating Council Co-President
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD
Brad Seidman/Kennedy H.S.
PATRICIA CHRISTY OUTSTANDING RETIREE AWARD
Jane Sanacora/BMRTA Highlights Newsletter Editor
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Josephine Parlagreco/Mepham H.S.
FRIEND OF EDUCATION AWARD
Marla Kilfoyle/Oceanside H.S. Teacher & National Education Activist
Join with the LI Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Laborers Local 66, and Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino, and New York State Senator John Brooks who are joining with us to demand better standards in our communities.
When: Saturday March 10, 2018
Where: Sunrise Promenade Shopping Center, 5234 Sunrise Highway, Massapequa, NY
Hobby Lobby is building stores in our communities, and looking for our hard earned dollars but chooses to employ out of state workers. They’ve decided our money is good enough to take, but our communities aren’t good enough to invest in good paying jobs.
Rally to let them know you stand with the hard working men and women of the Nassau-Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council to fight for good jobs in our communities!
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A science teacher on Long Island is going beyond the lesson plan, sharing a life-saving lesson that he hopes will inspire them to help others. Greg Cergol reports.
Please be advised that it is important to check your pay stub for your 2018 tax withholding because you may end up being under-taxed during the year and get a tax bill when you file… Please see the attached article.