There is one thing that is certain: the current NYSUT officers have failed NYSUT. After the election of 2014 exposed a fractured NYSUT, the Stronger Together Caucus has seen no attempt on the part of the current NYSUT leadership to try to heal that divide. In fact, they have done nothing but widen the fissure by virtually ignoring voices of educators across the state. We have lost the past three years, and we cannot afford to lose any more time.
ST Caucus offers a vision for a different NYSUT, specifically a NYSUT that is consistent in its positions across all grade levels and educational issues. From Pre-K through graduate school, we are all under attack. Our schools have been deprofessionalized and the value of our labor has been downgraded; the voices of all P-12 educators, school-related professionals, healthcare professionals, adjuncts and professors need to be heard. Stronger Together Caucus pledges that the needs of our many constituency groups will be addressed in order to best serve our members and our students:
We seek to TRANSFORM our union. We plan to make NYSUT a union of ideas based on merit and not the size of the local in which they originated. Andy Pallotta’s policy of capitulation is simply not working for anyone. We need an agenda based on honesty and integrity. While our members need to drive our statewide mission, we need leaders who are willing to fight the hard fights. This is why ST Caucus offers the leadership team of Mike Lillis, Bianca Tanis, Megan DeLaRosa, and Nate Hathaway.
NYSUT can no longer afford to give up its power in exchange for a seat at the proverbial table. With new leadership and an educated, empowered membership, the Union can and will prevail against the impending onslaught of political, financial, and ideological attacks against education and labor. With the support of the entire membership, we will work to create a vibrant and vital union that will always put the needs of members, educators, students and teachers first. Join with us, for when we act as ONE BIG UNION, we truly are stronger together!
The Stronger Together Caucus Executive Committee