Teachers are encouraged to participate in political activism that supports teachers, students and public education.
Contact elected officials showing support or opposition for educational bills and policies.
Become a 5 minute activist by signing up for the NYSUT Action Center and receive text alerts with links to show your support for educational policies. https://mac.nysut.org/
Participate in public education rallies.
Stay informed on educational news, policies and procedures.
Committee of 100
NYSUT’s Legislative Department lobbies state and federal representatives to help retain professional enhancements we fought for and won. Support for our public schools comes from the efforts of hundreds of grass-roots lobbyists. This statewide, grass-roots network of member-volunteers, called the Committee of 100, adds local political impact to NYSUT’s effort. Members who want to influence issues directly affecting their lives, including pensions, job security, and health and safety, are encouraged to explore becoming part of the Committee of 100. (https://www.nysut.org/members/member-guide/political-action).
Your statewide union has a political fund-raising arm called VOTE-COPE. VOTE-COPE is NYSUT's non-partisan action fund that coordinates the voluntary contributions of members and supports NYSUT-endorsed candidates and campaign committees that are pro-public-education and pro-labor.
No NYSUT dues dollars are used to support candidates or campaign committees.
NYSUT sends rebates to local unions based on a percentage (up to 40 percent) of the contributions VOTE-COPE receives from that local union's members. Those rebates can be used in local activities such as school board races and for passage of school budgets.
FMTA has used VOTE Cope $$ locally to purchase merchandise to support branding (FMTA Hats, Shirts, Car Magnets, etc.) and for mailings for BOE & Budget voting .
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