Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Seasons Greetings Colleagues,
As we prepare to enter the final week of 2017, I would like to take some time to reflect on what we have accomplished over the past 12 months and what we should embrace as we enter 2018. First and foremost, our new collective bargaining agreement provides numerous benefits for all members, both new and experienced, for the next four years. For example, our coaches and extracurricular advisors, who work tirelessly before and after school hours, have been receiving greater compensation for their hard work and will continue to do so. Furthermore, some new additions to our contract, such as a higher medical insurance buyback, sick day donations to members in need, and a sick day buyback, are benefits of which, if possible, we should take advantage. Another victory for us as a local union was the Constitutional Convention vote on Tuesday, November 7th. 83% of New York State voted AGAINST this ridiculous idea that could have had a tremendous impact on our pensions and general condition as public educators. Nonetheless, we stayed united, showed up at the polling stations in droves, and displayed to the rest of NYS that unions are strong and mobilized. It became evident that when you display union activism, either through phone banking or displaying a lawn sign on your property, you can accomplish anything! That is something I am truly honored to be a part of.
While 2017 was a great for us overall, we face an imminent threat that could make us go right back to work again...or should I say threaten us with "right to work" laws. The dreaded Janus vs AFSCME court case is set to be decided by the summer of 2018, and its decision could play a tremendous role in the future of labor unions across Long Island, New York, and the United States. The BSCTA Exec Board has visited all seven buildings in Bay Shore over the past month or so to discuss its concerns with this court case and our plans on how to deal with its potentially devastating outcome. Please keep up to date with our emails and feel free to direct your questions at any time to any of the BSCTA officers or reps. No matter what happens with this court case, please rest assured that your BSCTA officers will be there for you no matter what may come our way in the near future.
Don't forget to visit www.bscta.org or www.bayshoreteachers.org to stay up to date with union news and events. Anything that you might need regarding our member benefits and discounts, helpful links for your everyday teaching experience, or PD courses being offered outside of Bay Shore is located on our website. We also have a ton of social events, such as a comedy night at the Boulton Center or bowling at East Islip Lanes, in store for 2018, all of which will be advertised on the website's calendar. There will also be some charity events, such as the Dollars for Scholars basket fundraiser, which will help us support our students as they move on to their college or career. Lastly, our annual BSCTA apparel sale has begun and will run until January 6th. Please click here or here to make your purchases.
In closing, I would like to wish each and every one of my BSCTA brothers and sisters a well-deserved, relaxing holiday vacation. Take the extra time to just relax and/or make memories with your family and friends. We will see everyone in 2018, hopefully rested and recharged for the final six month homestretch.