Hilton Central School Teachers Association

HCSTA     2016-17 


After ethics review, Senate postpones committee vote for Betsy DeVos. The committee vote has been rescheduled for January 31 at 10 am. The link to the Washington Post article is below.

 Washington Post

Hundreds of local unions lining up for Day of Action Jan. 19

NYSUT locals in every region of the state plan all kinds of walk-ins, teach-ins, rallies, workshops and protests on Jan. 19, the national day of action coordinated with the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. In Plattsburgh, education and labor activists will gather to support public education and oppose the nomination of billionaire political donor Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education. In New York City, PSC members and community activists are camping out in front of Goldman Sachs to demonstrate that the people will resist the corporate takeover of our government.

In Cobleskill, the Foothills Area Coalition of Teachers and community organizations are networking on topics concerning public education, social health issues and community projects. You can make it whatever you want, but stand up against the agenda to dismantle public education; stand up for refugees and immigrants and the most vulnerable in our communities. You can use NYSUT "shield" posters to write your messages. Here's much more information.

Education unions push back on DeVos nomination as her hearing is delayed

The Senate has pushed back its confirmation hearing for education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos to Tuesday, Jan. 17. That gives us MORE TIME to send a clear message that DeVos, a billionaire fundraiser with no educational experience, is unfit and unqualified to lead our nation's schools.
Head over to the Network for Public Education (NPE) action page and make yourself heard!

Register online for 'Speak Up, Stand Up, Step Up!' conference March 3-4

Register online for "Speak Up, Stand Up, Step Up: A NYSUT conference to educate, organize and mobilize around women's priorities," March 3-4 in Albany.

Organized by the NYSUT Women's Steering Committee, this major conference will address issues important to all NYSUT members, including domestic violence, retirement security, communications, political engagement and more. Participation is open to all NYSUT members, but attendance is limited to 150 people for this inaugural conference, so act now.

Our site should be able to provide you with the Teachers' Association information that you are looking for. Private information will continue to be sent to your home email. Here are the most recent updates:

- Check out NYSUT's unclaimed funds page to see if anyone you know is owed money! https://secure.nystrs.org/unclaimedFunds/UnclaimedFunds.aspx

- If you did not recently get your Benefit Profile in the mail, it is possible that you are not in the system. Please talk to your building rep for more information.

- Our association has a banner that can be brought to events. Please let us know so we can get it to you in time.

- Member Action Center app info to the right

Important Documents has: What is APPR (from Barb), our contract, and information about TEACH registration

- Is your birthday this month?? Here is the link to TEACH website (It would be smart to print out proof that you have done this.)

- In the works: We are working on a Teachers Sell/Give to Teachers where teachers in our district can give/sell their personal items. We may make a link to a shared document or classroom so it is easier to manage and include photos. If you know of an easy way, please pass it on to Krisann Craney.

The Merton Williams Social Committee organized its annual basket raffle for charity.  Each department created its owned themed basket which was then auctioned off in a silent auction on December 22nd.  The auction raised $426 which is being donated to Dominic Cook's church in his name.

Please take a moment to read Member Benefits. Click on the image below to enlarge it or click on the NYSUT Member Benefits tab to the left.

Are you aware of something that you think our members would benefit from knowing? This includes great things that our members are doing! Please email Krisann Craney to have it added to our site.