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 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.
Today NYSUT made an Urgent Call to Action to:
Occupy the Capital tomorrow, Thurs. 3/26!
This is an urgent call to action and we need every possible member, (friends and family) to show up!
This is the risk we face in Schenectady:
Call and text friends now to fill a car!