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Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.


Thank you for all you do!

As the school year draws to a close, all of us at NYSUT want to thank you for your tremendous dedication. It’s been a challenging year — but through it all, you've stood strong and persevered. Over and over, you've shown how public schools are the place where students, parents and educators come together as a community.

U.S. Supreme Court hands down landmark cases

This week, the Supreme Court handed down multiple decisions that will touch the lives of millions of Americans. Earlier this week, in Carson v. Makin, the court laid the groundwork that states must provide publ


Union wins APPR reprieve

Gov. Kathy Hochul Friday signed a bill suspending, for an additional year, the Annual Professional Performance Review process. Advanced through grassroots advocacy from NYSUT members and lobbying by union legislative staff, the bill recently passed both the state Senate and the Assembly.

“As we come to the end of another school year that has been anything but normal, we welcome the governor’s decision to suspend the APPR process for another year,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “We will continue working with the legislature and the governor to address the APPR


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CCTA President

Luke Silliman                          (716) 864-0459

CCTA Vice President

Elayn Higgins                    

CCTA Secretary 

Lynnae Kwilas                 

CCTA Treasurer 

Michele Setzer                   

NYSUT Delegate

LaShonda McKenzie          

AFT Delegate 

Terri Manna                            


Union East Elementary

Building Code #003

Head Building Reps

Megan Szpylman              m.r.szpylman@gmail


CCTA Endeavors

We "give back" not only to our members, but also to our surrounding community!

  • Reviewed APPR
  • Defeated Charter School from opening in our school disrict
  • Voted down the opening of the NYS Constitutional Convention
  • Received NYSUT Community Service Awards (several years in a row!)
  • Ratified new 4 year contract
  • Donated $1,100 for the holiday "Adopt-a-Family" Drive
  • Sponsored students to attend NYSUT Social Justice & Genocide Institute
  • Donated $250 for Octoberfest Pumpkins
  • Raised funds for the Variety Club Telethon to support Womens' and Childrens' Hospital
  • Donated $1200 for teaching scholarship 
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