Political Action Updates

  • Week 3: Fair Share Fees

    03.15.2018/Political Action
    This week, our Political Action Committee takes a look at the crux of the Janus case, fair share fees, and why they are so important to a local union like the BSCTA.  As they note below, if the court rules in Janus' favor, the...
  • Janus Timeline

    03.08.2018/Political Action
      What is the basic issue before the Supreme Court in Janus?  Should Abood v. Detroit Board of Education be overruled and public-sector "agency shop" arrangements be invalidated under the First Amendment? Janus asked the...
  • Meet Mark Janus

    02.28.2018/Political Action
    Background: Janus v. AFSCME Council 31: Janus v. AFSCME began as a political scheme by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who shortly after taking office issued an executive order and filed a lawsuit trying to ban fair-share fees. This...
  • Nothing Has Changed

    01.23.2018/Political Action
    It is once again time to think about opt out. Below is the letter, in English and Spanish, along with some information about opt out.
  • Vote NO on a Constitutional Convention

    11.07.2017/Political Action
    A Multi-Million Dollar Boondoggle */ In 1967, the last “Politicians’ Convention” held in New York cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Fifty years later, the price tag is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. That...
  • Flip Your Ballot Over and Vote No

    10.24.2017/Political Action
    When you go to vote, you will need to flip your ballot over to vote on Proposition 1. Once you flip your ballot, fill in the No box. Click here to download the sample ballot.
  • Labor Walk for NYSUT Member Christine Pellegrino

    05.18.2017/Political Action
    Even with many of our locals concentrating on school district elections, NYSUT volunteers have continued to make the time to help Christine Pellegrino in AD 9.  On Saturday, nearly 100 volunteers, including about 45 NYSUT members...
  • Vote on your School Budget Tuesday May 16th

    05.04.2017/Political Action
    It’s important that everyone exercise your right to vote in your local school budget election on May 16th. Polls are open from 6 AM until 9 PM.  Support your community and support your schools. Vote Yes May 16th
  • BSCTA Defies DeVos and Defends Public Ed

    03.02.2017/Political Action
    Over the last month, BSCTA members have helped to lead the fight to Defend Public Education.  On January 19th, dozens of members came out to Defend Public Education and Defy Devos.  They were joined by teachers from surrounding...
  • Privatizing Public Ed

    03.01.2017/Political Action
    The nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education has caused considerable anxiety amongst supporters of public education. This anxiety is due in no small part to Mrs. DeVos' record of promoting policies that siphon taxpayer...
  • Newsday: Long Islanders boo, cheer Betsy DeVos' confirmation

    02.08.2017/Political Action
    Public school educators and teacher unions on Long Island and at the state level largely denounced Betsy DeVos’ confirmation Tuesday as the nation’s secretary of education, while supporters of school choice celebrated and...
  • National Blackout to oppose DeVos

    02.06.2017/Political Action
    Public educators nationwide will protest Betsy DeVos with a National Blackout. We choose our children over a billionaire donor! #DumpDevos.  Please wear all black on Monday (February 6th) to show support for public education on...