NYSUT Organizes Faculty at Mohawk Valley Community College

October 3, 2012
Around Town by Neal Tepel

Mohawk Valley CC: Nearly 400 adjunct faculty and part-time professional employees at Mohawk Valley Community College are seeking to affiliate with NYSUT after an overwhelming majority of those workers returned union cards in favor of organizing. The Mohawk Valley Community College Professional Association, which represents more than 200 full-time faculty at the school, is already affiliated with NYSUT.

Ellenville Locals: Teachers, teaching assistants and school-related professionals, who had been without a contract since 2009, have reached agreement on a new deal that will extend into 2016. The contract ensures raises throughout the life of the contract.

Just Kids: Teaching assistants and teacher aides at Just Kids, a private employer and one of the state’s largest early childhood education providers, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. The 74-member unit at Just Kids in Lindenhurst Long Island, voted to join NYSUT by a 3-to-1 ratio in April 2010. The overwhelming vote came despite efforts by the employer to dissuade workers from organizing—even going so far as meeting with each employee to tell them why they should vote against unionizing.

Bolton TA: The 38-member Bolton TA settled a new five-year contract with its school district. The new deal, which expires June 30, 2017, will increase teacher salaries annually.

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