The Schenectady Federation of Teachers, Local 803, is a union of professionals representing more than 800 teachers, 300 paraprofessionals and numerous retired members of the Schenectady City School District. Our goal is to provide practical means for protecting and advancing the best interests of our members; to promote the welfare of the children of Schenectady and to raise the standards of the teaching profession in Schenectady.
General Membership Meeting
SHS Auditorium Beginning at
The new agreement enhances and changes parts of the following Articles of our current Collective Bargaining Unit in various ways:
Article 5 Compensation
Article 6 Benefits/Health Insurance**
Article 7 Notifications
Article 8 APPR**
Article 9 Meetings
Article 13 Educational Program Planning
** The changes to these articles take some explanation. Please plan on attending this meeting and expect it to potentially last 2 hours. Our NYSUT Negotiator/LRS will be on hand to explain the agreement as will of course your Negotiation Team.
(Voting on the contract will take place during the dates of. More information will be provided from your building directors after details are finalized and shared.)
Krista Hawk Negotiation Recording Secretary
SFT Officer Elections
Officer elections occur in May. Up for election this year are: President, First Vice president, Middle level Vice president, one elementary vice president, Treasurer and Paraprofessional Chairperson.
*New York State Public Education Day of Action Thursday March 3rd!!
SFT MEMBERS ARE BEING ASKED TO WEAR RED AND PARTICIPATE IN TWO EVENTS!
Happy Hour at Centre Street Pub (flyer attached)
Thursday March 3rd 308 Union St.
Locals from all over the Capital District will be coming to together to socialize and take political actions to support NYSUT’s lobbying day on .
-There will be food, a DJ, and raffles.
-This is a family friendly event.
Rally At Lincoln Elementary School (flyer attached)
AQE, Citizen Action and NYSUT are hosting a rally on
This is the Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678524155753013/
*Equitable Funding Petition Drive is taking place!
SFT Building Directors will be asking all members to sign a petition created by the Campaign 4 Equity Funding –Schenectady. This organization was started by local clergy in Schenectady and the petition reads We the undersigned demand by means of this petition our elected officials to more fully represent us and provide 100% of the state funding (62 million) to the children of the Schenectady’s School District by fully implementing the Foundation Aid Formula for this fiscal year and continuing thereafter. The goal is to have the petitions filled out by so that they can be delivered to state officials as a part of the Schenectady Lobby Day on March 7th (more details on the below).
*Schenectady Lobby Day March 7th
You are all invited to join the Campaign 4 Equity Funding Schenectady in a time of prayer and in meeting with legislators at the Governor's Mansion on , as we lobby for the $60 Million that is due to the Schenectady School District.
Attached is the event flyer, and below is the day's schedule.
- Bus departs at Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady
- Bus arrives at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State Street, Albany
- Speakers at the Church welcome and go over talking points
- Posters and Lunch - We will make hand-drawn signs to bring to the Capitol and eat a bagged lunch
- March to the Capitol and get through security
- Press Conference in War Room on 2nd floor of the Capitol with Labor Religion Coalition
- meet with Senators Farley and Amedore (All pastors will be asked to participate.)
- Bus leaves for Schenectady
The results of the NYSUT RA delegate election are as follows.
1. Mike Silvestri
2. Michelle Battaglia
3. Brian Melanson
4. Lisa Fagan
5. Ken Liberty
6. Don Guernsey
7. Katie Carhart
8. Amy Snyder
9. Jonathan Younkin
10. Corinna Heggen
1. Lucky Palmer
2. Cesaera Pirrone
3. Molly Schaefer
4. Sarah Scott
5. George Jenkins
The SFT is conducting the NYSUT Representative Assembly (RA) delegate election during the week of January 19th- January 25th.
Attached to this post is the statement of ALL candidates who were interested in running for the NYSUT RA and the *AFT convention. The ballot you will receive in your building includes just those running for the NYSUT RA.
*We do not need to hold an election for delegates to the AFT convention as the number of nominees is within the number of delegates we are allotted.
The latest version of Pipeline will be delivered soon. Find it here for your convenience!
The State budget that was passed last night is devastating to us, to public schools, and will have long lasting consequences for all of us.
As a result of the new legislation, there will be changes to the tenure process for new members, and a significant loss of protection for teachers, who teach in high need/high poverty districts. The legislation passed last night takes away due process rights from tenured teachers based on a new evaluation system that will be imposed before November 1 of next year. While the ability to bargain some aspects of this new system still exists, understand that the bottom line is this: a teacher rated as Ineffective on a State measure or on a State created Learning Objective will be rated Ineffective overall. The rest of any APPR system will carry no weight.
We are currently waiting to hear from NYSUT on what the strategy will be going forward. My understanding is that the NYSUT Board of Directors is participating in an emergency conference call this evening at 5:00 p.m. We will continue to share and update information through SFT Pipeline emails and the SFT Facebook page.
We have the fight of our careers in front of us but rest assured we are ready to fight! We need every one of you to engage and be ready to support NYSUT’s leadership. We must act as one united group.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that members are signed up to receive private emails from the SFT. Please discuss and share the contents of this letter with any of your colleagues who have not received it.
Urgent General Membership meeting
April 15th, 4:00 p.m.
The primary purpose of this meeting will be to disseminate and clarify the changes we face to the degree they are known at that date.
*Please note we may ask membership to vote on an issue regarding the 2015-2016 SCSD calendar depending on developments between now and then.