Member Benefits is hosting a no cost Pre-Retirement Workshop for All Members at the Nassau Regional Office.
Members can register for only one of these dates: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 4:40 – 6:45 pm ORThursday, May 18, 2017, 4:30 – 6:45 pm.
CWA-Standing Together-Union Strong
Please note that the rally that was scheduled on Friday, March 24 in Suffolk County at State Senate Majority Leader, John Flanagan's office has been postponed until further notice.
The rally in Nassau County at State Senator Elaine Phillips office at 252 Mineola Blvd. is still on for Friday, March 24 from 4-5 pm. Please let your head building representative know if you will be going. Signs will be provided.
Public education needs your help in fighting the one house budget that is redirecting millions to charter schools. If at all possible, please attend one of the rallies listed below. There is one in Nassau and one in Suffolk.
In addition, especially if these individuals are your senators, make a call to demand that they support public education and stop giving money to charter schools.
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan-
Long Island number- 631-361-2154
Albany number- 518-455-2071
State Senator Elaine Phillips-
Long Island number- 516-746-5924
Albany number- 518-453265
Don't be fooled that this will not impact "schools like ours". A parent in our District can choose to attend a charter and if accepted, our District pays. With increased funding and the charter cap lifted, charters will be popping up with different "specialties" in order to attract attention. This isn't about improving public education-it's about profiting off of public education dollars.
We must stay vigilant.
After faxing and calling since the Senate Republicans one house budget was released last week, NYSUT is now asking us to ramp up the pressure on several Senate Republicans around the state given their position on handing out millions in additional aid to charters and removing the cap on charters.
Its time to let them Hear our Voice.
This Friday, March 24th at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suffolk-rally in front of State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan- 260 E Main St #203, Smithtown, NY 11787
Nassau- Rally in front of State Senator Elaine Phillips - 252 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, NY 11501-2421
The New York State Senates one house budget bill promotes the corporate charter school industry at the expense of our public schools. Some of the most egregious parts of this budget bill include:
Increase the dollars the local school district has to pay for each charter enrollee.
Eliminates the cap on charter schools; fueling expansion.
Increase the amount of money to faculty at charters which is in addition to the extra per student increase they will
receive this year.
Building aid (for charters) increases is expanded beyond NYC.
This all comes at a cost to our schools and more importantly the students - our children - that attend. Presently the public schools are owed millions of dollars from Albany and the charter schools are sitting on unlimited reserves (something public schools cannot do).
Please come with signs and your voices!!!
Long Island Political Organizer
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.
Richard Anderson & Jessica Cimmino (Posthumous Awards) - Grand Avenue Middle School
Darlene Boden - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Jason Elias - Calhoun High School
David Kommor - Mepham High School
Lisa Scherer - Kennedy High School
Lisa Shapiro - Merrick Avenue Middle School
LOU DeFILIPPO OUTSTANDING UNION SERVICE AWARD:
Heather Castellano – Mepham High School
PARA SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD:
Laura O’Callaghan – Merrick Avenue Middle School
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD:
Bruce Reed – Kennedy High School
PATRICIA CHRISTY OUTSTANDING RETIREE AWARD:
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD:
Community Cupboard Staff:
Darlene Boden - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Catrina Christensen - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
Karin McMahon – Mepham High School
Tiffany Rzempoluch - Meadowbrook Alternative Program
FRIEND OF EDUCATION AWARD:
Senator Todd Kaminsky – 9th Senate District
Every year BMUST honors one individual in each building as an “Outstanding Professional”. These colleagues are recognized for their professional excellence at our annual dinner in June.
The recipient of this award may include teachers, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other members of our union. We are asking for your input in the selection process.
Please nominate a colleague by February 15 and also indicate the reason for your selection. All nominations should be returned to your Head Building Representative.
Please be assured that all correspondence will remain confidential.
We thank you for your cooperation.
The Robert G. Porter Scholars Program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to graduating senior students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education and/or fund their proposed ideas to strengthen and grow their union..
For more details and eligibility requirements, go online at:
BMUST belongs to the Long Island Teachers’ Benevolent Fund (LITBF), which offers a yearly scholarship, (the Len Motisi Memorial Scholarship) to high school seniors graduating this year, who will be attending a post-secondary institution on a full time basis and whose parent is an active teacher in a Long Island local. Many of our members’ sons and daughters have been awarded this scholarship over the years.
The attached application must be sent back to me at the BMUST office no later than March 6, 2017 to get my signature on it and for me to send it to LITBF before the deadline of March 13, 2017. We are also putting these forms on our website, www.bmust.org. The application has a section that must be completed by your child’s Guidance Counselor. You must include the school transcript, with the current GPA on it and include a copy of the SAT or ACT scores. If the transcript does not contain the GPA, your Guidance Counselor must submit a statement with the scores. So please fill the form in as soon as possible and forward it to me through inter-office mail.