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 case did not have standing because it had not stated a claim upon...
The Janus Case is upon us. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), one of the most important labor cases in recent history.
Over the next several weeks, we are going to introduce, educate, and/or...
We want to take a moment to update you on actions being planned across the country to address safety concerns in our schools.
Below is a list of planned events around the country for the coming weeks:
March 14th - The Women's March has announced a National School Walkout. The idea behind this...
Below are some classes being offered by Suffolk Edge Teachers Center:
Google Geo Tools
Effective Testing Strategies
Incorporate Smartphones Into the Classroom
This weekend, teacher union presidents from across Long Island met to discuss a number of issues that face our unions, including the upcoming court case , Janus vs . AFSCME. This case would allow some of our co-workers to free ride within the union, getting the benefits of our collectively...
At the recent Long Island President's Council meeting, Bay Shore's very own Mike Krieger along with Freeport Teachers Association President Stu Napear, who is also a Bay Shore resident, won from Brown and Brown a $250 scholarship award. This scholarship will be distributed later this year to a...
Creating the 21st Century Classroom: Embedding Computer Science into the Curriculum: Click here to register for the class.
In just a few weeks, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case challenging fair share fees. With the case expected to be decided by June, The Empire Center has decided to take a look at the economic impact of Janus on public sector unions in the strongest union state,...
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.
I just wanted to remind everyone of the important dates we have coming up. Tonight, there is a Using Technology in the Classroom workshop being held at the BSCTA office. This Friday, January 19th, the law offices of Feldman, Kramer, and Monaco are coming to the BSCTA office to give free legal...
The Suffolk’s Edge Teacher Center in collaboration with Western Suffolk BOCES is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a workshop with educational expert and researcher Thomas Guskey. Dr. Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky and known throughout the...
If you are interested in completing some online PD at no extra cost to you or the District, there are some valuable optional GCN tutorials outside of the 7 required modules. They are located on the same homepage when you log in to the GCN Training Site labeled "optional tutorials". Before...
A teacher leader calls on public sector unions to renew their passion to fight for their rights in the face of Janus
If you read UCOMM Blog or follow the news, you know that in recent years attacks against public education and organized labor have come at a fast and furious pace.
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...
Required workshops for all new members:
The following workshops will be held at the Union Office at 4 pm.
October 11th - Portfolio Planning with Dr. Maloney
November 15th - Financial Planning
December 20th - Know your contract
January 17th - Using Technology
February 14th - ENL in the...
BSCTA is running a sale of BSCTA merchandise from now through January 6th. Click here to see the merchandise.