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.

The SFT is affiliated with NYSUT, AFT, NEA and the AFL-CIO. President of the Schenectady Federation of Teachers is Juliet Benaquisto serving from the 2006-2007 school year to present.

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Pledge to Vote

posted Oct 11, 2016, 9:09 AM by SFT Pipeline

Pledge to Vote

Contract Agreement Meeting - June 8th

posted Jun 2, 2016, 4:56 PM by SFT Pipeline

Wednesday June 8, 2016 General Membership Meeting 

SHS Auditorium Beginning at 4:00 pm

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 6/13/16 through 6/23/16. More information will be provided from your building directors after details are finalized and shared.)

In Solidarity,

Juliet Benaquisto
Brian Melanson
Negotiation/Benefits Chairperson 

Mike Silvestri
1st Vice-President

Krista Hawk Negotiation Recording Secretary

SFT Officer Nominations

posted Mar 30, 2016, 5:51 AM by SFT Pipeline

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.

Nominations should be forwarded by April 17th to Krista Hawk, SFT Secretary at hawk@schenectady.k12.ny.us. If you have any questions please email Juliet Benaquisto at pres803@verizon.net


Upcoming SFT Events

posted Mar 1, 2016, 5:46 PM by SFT Pipeline

*New York State Public Education Day of Action Thursday March 3rd!!



Happy Hour at Centre Street Pub (flyer attached)

Thursday March 3rd 3:30-6:00 pm 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 March 8th.

                        -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 Thursday, March 3rd at 7:15am at Lincoln Elementary School. They are asking parents and community members to attend in support of our children, our schools, and our communities. 
Stand up for our schools for the funding we need and deserve. Let our local and state representatives know that we need support for our schools and families, not threats of being taken over and taken away from local control. We will not stand for receivership schools being stolen from the communities they serve instead of being properly funded.

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 Thursday 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 Monday, March 7, 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.

Please email: JoinSSD@gmail.com or Text Bernardo Martinez at 518-428-9339 to reserve your seat on the bus!

9:30 am - Bus departs at Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady

10:00 am - Bus arrives at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State Street, Albany

10:00-10:45 am - Speakers at the Church welcome and go over talking points

10:45-11:15 am - Posters and Lunch - We will make hand-drawn signs to bring to the Capitol and eat a bagged lunch

11:15-11:50 am - March to the Capitol and get through security

12 Noon - Press Conference in War Room on 2nd floor of the Capitol with Labor Religion Coalition

12:30-1:30 pm - meet with Senators Farley and Amedore (All pastors will be asked to participate.)

2:00 pm - Bus leaves for Schenectady

NYSUT RA Delegate Election Results

posted Feb 3, 2016, 4:40 PM by SFT Pipeline

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

Winter 2016 NYSUT Member Benefits E-Newsletter

posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:30 PM by SFT Pipeline

NYSUT Leader to Leader
Winter 2016 NYSUT Member Benefits E-Newsletter
I am proud to present to you the Winter 2016 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter. I hope that you will find the content useful and ask that you pass this publication along to as many of your NYSUT contacts and members as possible.

Each issue of this electronic publication is put together with great thought and effort as we strive to ensure that we offer helpful hints and tips to our members -- an added benefit of NYSUT membership provided at no cost to NYSUT members. We want all NYSUT members to know that membership in this union provides access to a variety of Member Benefits-endorsed programs & services available exclusively to them and their families.

Please click the link below to view this e-newsletter. This publication includes embedded links that will allow you to learn more about our various endorsed programs & services.
One of our goals at NYSUT Member Benefits is to reach the maximum number of members, and we have seen that we are most successful with this goal when people like you share our materials with your colleagues and friends. We continue to increase the number of members who are aware of the endorsed programs & services that we offer but still have great potential for growth in this area.

We are also pleased that the number of members who participate in our endorsed programs & services continues to grow each year; with your help in forwarding this email and e-newsletter link to your membership, we are confident that this growth will continue in the future as well.

Thank you for your continued support of NYSUT Member Benefits!

Warm regards,

Lynette A. Metz
Director, NYSUT Member Benefits Trust
CEO, NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation

NYSUT RA Delegate Election

posted Jan 14, 2016, 3:34 PM by SFT Pipeline

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. 

November Pipeline

posted Nov 24, 2015, 1:00 PM by SFT Pipeline

The latest version of Pipeline will be delivered soon. Find it here for your convenience!

Schenectady Federation of Teachers Annual Scholarships

posted May 15, 2015, 8:43 AM by SFT Pipeline   [ updated May 15, 2015, 8:43 AM ]

SFT Nomination and Election Information

posted Apr 19, 2015, 11:02 AM by SFT Pipeline

This year three SFT offices are up for election:
  • One elementary vice-president (must be teaching in this division to be nominated for this office)
  • High school vice-president (must be teaching in this division to be nominated for this office)
  • Secretary
Nominations of members in good standing should be sent to Juliet Benaquisto at pres803@verizon.net by noon on April 27th. The Building Directors will have the opportunity to add to the official nomination ballot at the regularly scheduled meeting that same afternoon; after which time the nomination period will end. Elections will occur in May and ballots wil be counted at the Building Directors meeting on May 18, 2015

Individual Building Director elections will also occur during this same election period specific to each building. Each building shall elect a number of directors to represent members of that building by attending monthly building director meetings and general membership meetings. Your current directors that have served this year, will have more information following the April 27th Building Director meeting.

Anyone interested with questions regarding running for any of the above positions is welcome to email Juliet at pres803@verizon.net.

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