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THE ELECTION IS OVER, BUT THE ISSUES PERSIST

So many issues remain to be settled and YOUR voice should be heard, by writing to your legislators in DC (listed below) and let them know your position on the following issues of importance:

*Social security; *MEDICARE, *the national debt, *educational funding and teachers evaluation, gun and ammunition controls, * arming teachers in schools. Read union positions on such issues in the NYSUT news you receive, the AFT newsletter you receive, newspapers, etc. before making up your mind. If we don't tell our legislators how we feel on issues, other interest groups surely will!!

 

HOW DO NYSUT & AFT GO ABOUT ENDORSING CANDIDATES?

 

(see endorsements below) Both NUSUT and AFT are non-partisan in the choice of candidates to support, supporting both Democrats and/or Republicans base solely on their demonstrated support of OUR positions concerning education,  labor, and social issues. NYSUT endorses in State elections and national elections,  of senators or representatives;  NYSUT does not endorse presidential candidates.  The AFT & the NEA,  our national affiliates do endorse presidential candidates, on the same non-partisan basis described above.

 

NYSUT: All election districts in the state appoint members of the "PAC" Political Action Committee, which shares information concerning candidates between locals (at ED meetings)  and NYSUT leadership (at PAC meetings); PAC members review legislators voting records to determine which legislators deserve our support based on their votes on issues of importance to NYSUT members; a meeting of all local presidents is held in Albany,  at which PAC members make recommendations for endorsement to the local presidents gathered; local presidents indicate their approval,  disapproval,  or alternatives;  these judgments are then discussed with the Board of Directors,  who ultimately vote on who to endorse.  Normally,  non-incumbents are NOT considered for endorsement.

 

 

HERE IS A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF A 2012 ELECTION ENDORSEMENT PROCESS

 

Regarding the issues in determining House of Representatives endorsements,the following are the issues your union determined were important:

The Affordable Health Care Act: union opposed to repeal

Spending cuts for education, healthcare, workplace safety, enforcement of wage protections: union opposed cuts

Nat. labor Relations Board: Republicans offered budget item to DEFUND NLRB, which could erode workers rights: union opposed defunding

For Profit Educational Institutions: Republican item in budget would have prevented certain regulations that required such institutions to show results in grads getting jobs and not accumulating debt" union opposed item

Davis-Bacon Wage  Protections: Republican budget amendment would have repealed requirement that federally funded projects must pay local prevailing wages.: union supported keeping Davis-Bacon

Was DC Private school vouchers: House speaker proposed reauthorizing such vouchers despite research that they were ineffective: union opposed reathorization

RYAN budget: excessive cuts and vouchering MEDICARE: union opposed Ryan budget

Fair Union Elections: house bill 3094 would erode union support and place  many obstacles in the way of union bargaining elections: union opposed House bill 3094

Ryan budget 2: included tax cuts for high earners and vouchering MEDICARE: union opposed budget

Student Loan Interest: House bill 4628 would extend low interest loan rates for another year, BUT, would pay for it by eliminating parts of the affordable care act, such as women's preventive health care, incl. breast exams, screening for cervical cancer, and provision of children's immunizations at community health centers: union opposed House bill 4628

 

ON EVERY ONE OF THESE UNION ISSUES, REP. NAN HAWORTH, OF WESTCHESTER, VOTED WRONG! Hence, she was NOT Endorsed

 

 

TO CONTACT YOUR FEDERAL LEGISLATORS :

 

Senator Charles Schumer,  313 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington  DC 20510 

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, 478 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510-3205; 202-224-4457; website: gillibrand.senate.gov

Representative Nita Lowey, Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington,  DC 20515

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney,  1529 Longworth House OfficeBldg., Washington,  DC 20515

 

 

AFL-CIO LOCAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS FOR 2013

 

NAOM BRAMSON-(D,WF,I) WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE        D=Democrat; R=Republican, WF=Working Families, I=Independent

Janet DiFiore-(D) Westchester County District Attorney

Timothy Idoni-(DmWF,I) Westchester County Clerk

 

 

 

Westchester County Legislature:

Diane Jackson-(D,WF) District 1

Peter Harckham-(D,WF) District 2

Benjamin Boykin-(D,WF) District 5

Catherine Parker-(D,WF,I) District 7

Alfreda Williams-(D,WF,I) District8

Catherine Borgia-(D,WF,I) District 9

Mary Jo Jacobs_(D,WF,I) District 10

Stavros Pantelis-(D,I) District 11

Mary Jane Shimsky-(D,WF) District 12

Lyndon Williams-(D,WF) District 13

Rachelle "Rocky" Richard-(D,WF) District 14

Kenneth Jenkins-(D,WF) District 16

Jose Roman-(WF) District 17

 

Putnam County Legislature:

Scott Friedman-(D) District 5

Bernie Kosberg-(D) District 9

 

Kent Town Supervisor:

Maureen Flemming-(D,WF,I)

 

Yonkers City Council:

Liam McLaughlin-(R) City Council President

Tim Theotokatos-(D,WF) District 4

Wilson Terrero-(I) District 2

 

Other Towns endorsements:

Debra Carter Costello-(D) Cortland Town Council

Seth Freach-(D) Cortlandt Town Council

Shari Gordon-(D,I) Cortlandt Town Justice

Terence Murphy-(R,C) Yorktown Town Council

Victor Grossman-(D)

John Sweeny-(R)

Alexander Eismann-(D)