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                          NYSUT   Spring  Luncheon



Fran Turro and Joan Vanchieri attended the NYSUT Retirees Westchester/Putnam Spring Luncheon at Travelers Rest on June 6, 2018.

Roni O’Connor, RC 15-16 Interim President welcomed all.

Jennifer Puja, pictured above, of the Westchester/Putnam Labor Board, urged retirees to support social justice programs whenever and wherever they can.  She praised REACT committee for their work. 

Jeff Zuckerman, VOTE COPE retiree rep, urged us to value our good fortune and pledge a small payroll deduction of $5.00 per month.  Our VOTE COPE contributions are needed now more than ever with the loss of staff at NYSUT in Albany, and the political climate against unions.  He actually raised $4000 by the end of the luncheon!!

Executive VP Florence McCue gave a touching tribute to Alma Cormican, past NYSUT Retirees President whom we lost this year, and noted how her passing has affected all who worked with her. 

Mark Laffer, Tarrytown Regional Staff Director, reported that unions will probably take a blow in losing the Janus case, which will be heard by the US Supreme Court any day now.  Retirees can help by talking up union values, and reaching out to their local active President to offer help. He said Governor Cuomo has been more hospitable toward unions of late by supporting two measures:  employers must tell unions of new hires; union must have opportunity to speak to new members. 

Dolores Thompson, NYSUT West/Put REACT scholarship committee reported that three $2000. scholarships will be awarded to  graduates in Valhalla, Lakeland, and Irvington.  The recipients must be choosing education as their field.  There are 19 districts remaining which have not received scholarship money, and NYSUT Retirees West/Put plans to reach every one of them.  Roni assured me that YES, SWBOCES will be included as one of the districts considered for a scholarship award. 

Ellen Pincus, NYSUT retiree rep, asked us to save the date, October 25, 2018, for the NYSUT Regional Conference to be held at the Crowne Plaza, Suffern.  A written invitation will be sent to you in late summer. 

Finally, the usual collection of fabulous door prizes was awarded, with profits to go to “Feeding Westchester” food bank.  And your two happy Co-Presidents are smiling because they each won a prize, Fran a  necklace, and Joan a $50. gift card.


An informative and enjoyable time was had by all!