Kevin Ahern: Membership Makes a Difference

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.54.30 AMKevin Ahern, Syracuse Teachers Association President, has been on the front lines of the fight against the school receivership law. Whether testifying before the legislature in Albany or mobilizing members at home, Kevin’s leadership has been instrumental in the battle against a truly terrible piece of legislation.

Thank you to Kevin for his hard work and dedication to NYSUT, his union brothers and sisters across New York, and to his school and community.  Members like Kevin make a difference.

Follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinahern1

Selina Durio: Membership Makes a Difference

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.46.54 AMSelina Durio, President of the North Babylon Teachers Organization, is a leader not only within NYSUT but also the larger Labor Movement. She serves on the NYSUT Board of Directors, the executive board of the Long Island Federation of Labor and also as a trustee of the Long Island Chapter of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Thank you to Selina for her hard work and dedication to NYSUT, her union brothers and sisters across New York, and to her school and community.  Members like Selina make a difference.

Follow Selina on Twitter @shaseli

Erin Covell: Membership Makes a Difference

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.15.50 AMErin Covell, President of the Massena Federation of Teachers, mobilized a coalition of labor and community partners to speak out and push back against aluminum manufacturer Alcoa’s plans to close a plant in her hometown, taking over 600 jobs with it. After successfully raising awareness of the potential impact the plant’s closure would have on the community, and helping to convince Alcoa to stay, the coalition Erin helped found is now turning its attention to the revitalization of the entire region.

Thank you to Erin for her hard work and dedication to NYSUT, her union brothers and sisters across New York, and to her school and community.  Members like Erin make a difference.

Follow Erin on Twitter @erincovell

Viri Pettersen: Membership Makes a Difference

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.06.33 AMPresident of Rockville Centre Teachers’ Association, Viri Pettersen developed and shared, “A Unionist’s Guide to Social Media” for use at her regional leadership conference last fall. Viri hosted a table for techie questions and answers, social media guidance, and also set up a photo booth which afforded members the chance to show and share their union pride.

Thank you to Viri for her hard work and dedication to NYSUT, her union brothers and sisters across New York, and to her school and community.  Members like Viri make a difference.

Follow Viri on Twitter @mspetter

Wayne White: Membership Makes a Difference

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.03.47 AMPresident of the Bellport Teachers Association, Wayne White helped launch a series celebrating Long Island teachers of color during this past February’s Black History Month. Wayne is a member of NYSUT’s Civil and Human Rights committee and has spoken on panels about the need for a diverse teaching force.

Thank you to Wayne for his hard work and dedication to NYSUT, his union brothers and sisters across New York, and to his school and community.  Members like Wayne make a difference.

Follow Wayne on Twitter @loxango

Barbara Bowen: Membership Makes a Difference

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.00.35 AMBarbara Bowen has led 25,000 member PSC CUNY in a year-long campaign on behalf of the the students and faculty of the City University of New York to win funding for programs and respect for educators. PSC’s campaign escalated last month when Bowen led hundreds of supporters in a demonstration culminating in the arrest of activists, including Bowen, in an act of civil disobedience.  

Thank you to Barbara for her hard work and dedication to NYSUT, her union brothers and sisters across New York, and to her campus and community.  Members like Barbara make a difference.

Follow PSC on Twitter @PSC_CUNY

Jolene DiBrango: Membership Makes a Difference

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 8.54.22 AMAs President of the Pittsford District Teachers Association, Jolene wasn’t waiting for the other shoe to drop on the impending Friedrichs V. California TA case. She’s taken proactive steps to make sure her Rochester area local was ready for any possible outcome.

Jolene started a campaign to educate her members which included outreach via social media and other digital platforms as well as in-person, one-on-one member outreach and internal organizing.  She has also launched a local leadership institute which has met great success.

Thank you to Jolene for her hard work and dedication to NYSUT, her union brothers and sisters across New York, and to her school and community.  Members like Jolene make a difference.

Follow Jolene on Twitter @PDTAunion