Last week, you made a difference in election contests all across the state!
Dedicated union members worked vigorously for weeks to help elect pro-education candidates committed to advancing the priorities of the labor movement in New York. And our voters got out to vote, helping elect at least 25 NYSUT members to office!
Both in New York's historic, NYSUT-backed early voting period and on election day itself, educators, union members and working people across the state went to the polls and voted for progress!
So, to all our activists, volunteers, and voters … I say THANK YOU!
You answered the call and made a difference!
And for that, I and your fellow members and colleagues are sincerely grateful.
If you are interested in finding out more about some of our great successes in the 2019 elections, click HERE!
SELECTION COMMITTEE TRAINING 11/5!
New York state retirement prep
See the memo below (two pages) and make sure to visit the retirement page of our website here! Remember, these resources are provided as a courtesy; GNTA is not in the business of retiring advice of any nature!
THE PROPOSED REVISIONS TO GNTA CONSTITUTION OVERWHELMINGLY PASS
Yesterday, the GNTA put revisions to Article I and Article III of the GNTA Constitution, to the general membership for a vote. Both revisions passed overwhelmingly, with the following vote tally:
PROPOSED REVISIONS TO ARTICLE I
PROPOSED REVISIONS TO ARTICLE III
Thanks to all members who cast their ballots yesterday. And a special thank you to all BRCs for facilitating the elections at the building levels, and Linda Gitman and the GNTA election committee for counting and authenticating the ballots.
GNTA SUMMER HOURS at the cottage
REMEMBERING OUR HISTORY: THE NORTH SYRACUSE TEACHER STRIKE OF 1976
We just completed our 47th Annual Representative Assembly (RA), where we celebrated our strength and reaffirmed our commitment to building an even stronger and more united union.
Lately as I’ve been traveling around the state you may have heard me talk about and use the phrase “NYSUT’s next 50 years”. At NYSUT, we’re busy planning for the future, but we are also taking time to reflect on the sacrifices our members have made over the last four decades.
To borrow from an old proverb, I like to say, “I am standing in the shade of trees I did not plant.” Those that formed this great union almost 50 years ago put down strong roots. These roots have enabled us to weather our most recent storms and come out stronger.
As we look around our country, we see educators who’ve been on strike from West Virginia to Los Angeles. For our newest members these strikes may seem foreign, but they built the foundation of this great union.
During my remarks at the RA, I showed a video highlighting one strike in particular: the North Syracuse strike of 1976, led by our recently departed sister Sylvia Matousek. Not only did she serve time in prison defending our right to organize, but that strike actually resulted in the death of one of their members. The strike was a watershed moment in the fight for educators in New York, as captured in this tremendously moving video. I strongly encourage you to share it with your members now and again in September when our brothers and sisters return from summer break.
I remind you of our roots, our founders, lest we forget where we came from and what it took us to get here. It is a story of sacrifice: of the blood, sweat and tears of our foremothers and forefathers. It is a sacrifice that enables us all to sit in the shade of this great union today.
We aren’t going to take anything for granted. And we’re going to continue to grow stronger. Thank you for everything you and your colleagues to do support our movement and your communities.
SIGN MY UP: NYSUT SUMMER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE -- free for members!
The 2019-20 GNTA Calendar is HERE!
NYSTRS DELEGATE ELECTION RESULTS
The new nominated delegates/alternates have been entered into the NYSTRS for the delegate election year 2019. This term is for two years.
The new Delegates/Alternates are:
Frank Bua/Patricia Crisafulli
Jeffrey Bernstein/Cindy Pavlic
Jennifer Snyder/Madeline Dressner
Luci Legotti/Lisa Hammond
This election is administered by the district, not GNTA. For more information about the delegates and the annual convention, check out or retirement page on this site for unofficial info, or head to your own NYSTRS account for the real deal.
NYSUT HOSTS EARLY CAREER SOCIAL!
VOTE-COPE: your CONTRIBUTIONS are critical to support pro-education politicians and policies!
EMPLOYER 2019-20 PENSION COSTS TO DROP
Welcome news for New York public schools and the taxpayers who fund them: Pension costs are expected to drop about 17% for the 2019-20 school year.
At the January meeting of the NYSTRS Board, the System’s Actuary estimated that the employer contribution rate (ECR) for the 2019-20 school year will be 8.86% of payroll, down from the 10.62% rate to be applied to 2018-19 payroll. The final rate will be adopted by the Retirement Board at its July 31 meeting.
Contributions associated with the estimated 8.86% rate will be collected in fall 2020, but employers are alerted well in advance to assist with budgeting.
The ECR is determined annually through an actuarial valuation of NYSTRS’ assets and liabilities. These contributions have been collected without fail throughout the System’s history, keeping NYSTRS among the best-funded and most-secure plans in the country. The plan’s funded ratio is nearly 100% - well above the national average of 73%.
However, the Actuary also noted that because investment returns are a major component of ECR calculations and recent returns have been lower than expected, future ECRs will likely be higher. In an administrative bulletin to NYSTRS-participating employers announcing the estimated 8.86% rate, school officials were cautioned to keep this in mind when developing future budgets.
Over the past 30 years, investment income has accounted for 85% of NYSTRS’ income. Member and employer contributions made up the other 15%.
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
One of GNTA's greatest strengths is the compassion, commitment, and dedication our membership demonstrates in their daily work with children and their families. As part of our LAP initiative we are interested in creating opportunities for members to engage in activities that support our values of equality, equity, and making a difference in the lives of others.
In order for us to begin this venture we need to know what you are passionate about. Please take the time to complete the attached survey.
Social Justice Committee
Jennifer Snyder (Chair), Maddie Dressner, and Joan Petralia-Greenberg
BiG changes to empire plan in 2019
From the files of "don't shoot the messenger," The Empire Plan has adjusted some of the copay fees that we pay out-of-pocket, and raised the level of our combined annual deductibles. Happy New Year.
Some key changes to note:
In-network doctor's visit now has a $25 copay.
In-network urgent care visit now has a $30 copay.
Emergency Department visit now has a $100 copay.
Enrollee combined annual deductible $1250, per dependent.
Please read the bulletin below to find out all the details.
EST. RANGE DOWN FOR FOR 2019-2020 ECR
Dinapoli: Tax cap set at 2 percent
Property tax levy growth for local governments with fiscal years that close on Dec. 31 will be capped at 2 percent for the 2019 fiscal year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. This figure affects the tax cap calculations for all counties, towns, fire districts, 44 cities and 10 villages.
"For these local governments, allowable levy growth will be 2 percent for the first time since 2013," DiNapoli said. "Despite the possibility of increased tax revenue, municipal budgets will still be vulnerable to rising fixed costs and potential federal funding cuts. Local officials should proceed cautiously when crafting their spending plans for next year."
The tax cap, which first applied to local governments in 2012, limits tax levy increases to the lesser of the rate of inflation or 2 percent with some exceptions, including a provision that allows municipalities to override the tax cap.
During the 2014 through 2018 fiscal years, municipalities with a fiscal year ending on Dec. 31 had their levy growth capped at less than 2 percent.
For a list of allowable levy growth factors for all local governments, visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/realprop/pdf/inflation_allowablegrowthfactors.pdf
Find out how your government money is spent at Open Book New York. Track municipal spending, the state's 145,000 contracts, billions in state payments and public authority data. Visit the Reading Room for contract FOIL requests, bid protest decisions and commonly requested data.
RETIREMENT: The results of district election for NYSTRS convention delegates have been posted!
CALENDAR: The GNTA MAY Calendar has been posted!
ELECTIONS: The results of the contested election for the GNTA EB position of Vice President for Contract Improvement have been posted!
New Members: The Fall 2018 New Members Bulletin has been posted!
CALENDAR: The GNTA JANUARY Calendar has been posted!
BLOG: Read GNTA EB member Luci Legotti's NYSUT RA Report!
BLOG: NYSUT summer workshops open to GNTA members.
PAC/IOC: Photos and recollections from the first GNTA Color Day!
BLOG: The GNTA Celebrates its retirees at Westbury Manor!
BLOG: The Supreme Court just issued a blow to Workers' Rights, and no, this isn't the JANUS case.
CALENDAR: The GNTA June Calendar has been posted!
FORMS: GNTA Retiree/Para forms have been updated.
Great Neck Teachers Association
NYSUT, AFT, AFL-CIO #2686
The Cottage • 343 Lakeville Road
Great Neck, NY 11020
email@example.com • @GNTeachers
(516) 829-9070 • Fax: (516) 829-0724
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