I hope this email finds everyone enjoying their last few weeks of summer. Below, you will find a few recent news stories regarding teachers. First, the AFT is launching a campaign to protect families from the economic recklessness that caused the financial collapse in 2008. Thanks to this collapse, many teachers are not getting the pay that they deserve. As you will read, many teachers are vastly underpaid, and it is worse than most people think. Finally, partially as a result of the financial collapse, NYSUT is looking at making cutbacks. I will keep all of the members informed about what these cutbacks might mean for our local as the year progresses. I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming general membership meeting immediately following the Superintendent's welcome on Tuesday, September 6.