Last week, NYSUT held its annual Representative Assembly convention in Rochester. While there, 2,000 elected delegates from across the state held discussions and debates to set policy and give direction to NYSUT's work for the coming year. Our work focused on seven major categories, including: Civil and Human Rights; College and University; Educational Issues; Health Care and Workplace Safety; Legislative and Political Action; Organization; Pension and Retirement. Among the more energizing courses of action discussed were
- Continuing Advocacy Against Inappropriate Testing;
- Redesigning New York State's Accountability System;
- Establishing Safe Maximum Temperatures in Classrooms;
- Opposing the 2017 Constitutional Convention; and
- pledges to stand in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers' Union, the Los Angeles School District, and NYSUT's Clerical, Administrative and Technical Staff union at NYU.
The voting body also unanimously called for NYSUT to stand in unity against discrimination in North Carolina and Mississippi by urging members to avoid travel to those states in opposition to their recent passing of discriminatory bills.
When not debating and voting on policy, delegates heard from guest speakers including Mario Cileno (NYS AFL-CIO president), Tom DiNapoli (NYS Comptroller and defender of our public pension funds), Eric Schneiderman (NYS Attorney General and defender of unions' rights to organize and bargain collectively), and candidate for Democratic nomination for US President, Hillary Clinton.