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Protect Your Pension!!

VOTE “NO” to opening the NYS Constitution

vote no
Here’s what it means to you….

If a Constitutional Convention is convened later this year, there is no limit to what can be amended within the Constitution.  Your pension and the pensions of police officers, fire fighters, and others are included in the Constitution and may be changed should the Constitution be opened.  In fact, the Constitution could be written entirely.

Listed below are some provisions contained in various articles of the Constitution that could change:

  • Article 5§7- Prohibits reduction in public pension benefits
  • Article 1§18- Rights to worker’s compensation
  • Article 1§ 17-Rights to be a member of a union and bargain collectively
  • Article 27§1- Requiring the state to provide for social welfare needs.
  • Article 11§1 – Guaranteeing the right to a free public education

The convention could cost up to $350 million dollars of taxpayer dollars too!

When the vote comes up in November of this year VOTE NO!!!!!!


Campaign to End Overheated Schools and Colleges
Source: NYSUT Workplace Health and Safety

Dear NYSUT member:
Overheated schools and colleges affect learning, waste energy and cost school employers money.  As bad as it is for students, overheating makes it harder for a teacher to teach and for staff to be productive.  Employees sometimes try to cool their rooms with fans or by opening windows (if they have windows).  This isn’t a real solution to fix the problem of classroom overheating.
Overheating can occur during both warmer months and in winter months where malfunctioning thermostats raise room temperatures.
We need your help to gather data about this problem.  We are asking k-12 and college members across the state to record their (class) room temperatures for a two week period.  This data will be combined to develop a report and recommendations on addressing overheated classrooms.
The “Room Temperature Record” log (attached) has space for you or your students to track classrooms temperatures and the times that they were recorded.  Here are the instructions:

  • Record the temperatures twice a day, in the morning in the afternoon
  • Please record the temperatures for two weeks (consecutive or nonconsecutive)
  • Make sure to include the dates for each day of the week
  • If you have windows, don’t open them before taking the classroom temperature. Thank you for your help in ending overheated schools.

In Solidarity,
Wendy Hord
NYSUT Health and Safety Specialist
Patrick McClellan
State Policy Director, NY League of Conservation Voters

Help put an end to overheated schools
We are asking k-12 and college members across the state to record their (class) room temperatures for a two week period.  This data will be combined to develop a report and recommendations on addressing overheated classrooms.
Download: Room Temperature Record Log:




NYS Senate Contact Listing:

Senator's Name
District Office
Albany Office
Area Served
Carl L. Marcellino (R) 250 Townsend Square Oyster Bay, NY 11771 P: (516) 922-1811 F: (516) 922-1154
188 State St., LOB Rm 811 Albany, NY 12247 P: (518) 455- 2390 F: (518) 426-6975
Glen Cove, Oyster Bay, Syosset, Huntington Station, Elwood


Kemp Hannon (R) 595 Stewart Ave. Suite, 540 Garden City, NY 11530 P: (516) 739-1700 F: (516) 747-7430 State Capitol Bldg., Rm 420 Albany, NY 12247 P: (518) 455-2200 F: (518) 426-6954 Garden City, Hempstead, E. Meadow, Levittown, Farmingdale, Bethpage hannon@nysenate.gov
Jack M. Martins (R) 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202 Garden City Park, NY 11040 P: (516) 746-5924 F: (516) 746-0439 188 State St., LOB Rm 946 Albany, NY 12247 P: (518) 455-3265 F: (518) 426-6739 Garden City Park, N. Hempstead, Port Washington, Roslyn, Westbury, Hicksville martins@nysenate.gov
Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R) 5550 Merrick Rd., Suite 205 Massapequa, NY 11758-6238 P: (516) 882-0630 F: (516) 882-0636 188 State St., LOB Rm 609 Albany, NY 12247 P: (518) 455-3341 F: (518) 426-6823 Baldwin Harbor, Freeport, Merrick, Wantagh, Massapequa fuschill@nysenate.gov
Formerly Dean G. Skelos 55 Front Street Rockville Centre, NY 11570 P: (516) 766-8383 F: (516) 766-8011 State Capitol Bldg., Rm 330 Albany, NY 12247 P: (518) 455-3171 F: (518) 426-6950 Valley Stream, W. Hempstead, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Woodmere, Oceanside, Lawrence, Long Beach skelos@nysenate.gov
Phil Boyle
69 W Main Street Suite B
Bay Shore , NY 11706
Phone: (631) 665-2311
814 Legislative Office Building
Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3411
Babylon, Islip,Holbrook, Bohemia boyle@nysenate.gov

Ken Lavalle


28 North Country RdSuite 203
Mount Sinai , NY 11766
Phone: (631) 473-1461
Fax: (631) 473-1513


Legislative Office Building, Room 806
Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3121

East End of L.I.,Eastern half of Holbrook

Tom Croci
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, NYS Office Building, Room 3B-41
Hauppauge , NY 11788
Phone: (631) 360-3356
Legislative Office Building, Room 306
Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3570
Ronkonkoma, Mastic, Shirley croci@nysenate.gov




260 Middle Country RoadSuite 102
Smithtown , NY 11787
Phone: 631-361-2154
Fax: 631-361-5367
Room 330, State Capitol Building
Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2071
Fax: 518-426-6904
Brookhaven, Huntington,Hauppauge flanagan@nysenate.gov


Author: By Kara Smith
Source: NYSUT United
your voice
What do you want from your union? NYSUT leaders are asking that critical question as part of a sweeping statewide campaign to get your feedback.

Let us know.

Send us your comments online at www.nysut.org/yourunion, or send an email to united@nysutmail.org. Let your union hear about your needs and expectations.



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