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NYSUT Member Briefing - Oct. 8, 2021

We did it! Fixing public service loan forgiveness

In a hard fought victory for public employee unions, the Biden administration has announced an overhaul of the broken Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The changes will mean an estimated 550,000 public service workers will move closer to loan forgiveness and 22,000 will become immediately eligible. PSLF was created to ease the burden of student loan debt for a generation of workers who have dedicated their lives to serving the public and who were on the frontlines of our pandemic response.

Make Strides with NYSUT and the ACS

NYSUT’s 2021 partnership with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer begins this weekend in Brooklyn and Jamestown, next weekend in 10 sites across the state, and throughout October in many more locations. For years — even during a pandemic — NYSUT survivors, activists, leaders, members and staff have worked courageously to ensure that Making Strides reaches its fundraising goals in support of cancer research. Participants and team captains can register via the NYSUT page.

NYSUT supports WNY health care workers

NYSUT members turned out to support striking CWA members at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, who are fighting for safe staffing levels. NYSUT EVP Jolene DiBrango and Board members Joe Cantafio, West Seneca TA president, President Phil Rumore of Buffalo TF, and President Andy Sako of FA Erie CC, as well as Cheryl Hughes of Kenmore TA, joined the picket line this week with other Western New York unionists. (Above, Cantafio and DiBrango, at right, with other West Seneca TA members)


More news

  • Join us online as NYSUT celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
  • NYSUT Second Vice President Ron Gross continues his meetings with SRP members around the state. This week, "It was an opportunity for sharing, listening and growing" in the Mid-Hudson region.
  • In this week's meeting of retiree leaders, Ron Gross, NYSUT second vice president, asked for local unions and councils to submit pictures and stories about days gone by as the union celebrates the 30th anniversary of retiree councils.
  • Chicago Teachers Union Recording Secretary Christel Williams-Hayes, who will speak at NYSUT’s annual SRP Leadership Conference, Oct. 29-31, shares insights on critical workplace issues.
  • Add your name to this petition to support members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) who are holding strong on the picket line.
  • NYSUT resumes its extremely popular online Student Debt Webinars Oct. 14 and Nov. 9 and 18. Register online now for one of these helpful sessions.
  • Register now for NYSUT’s new round of certification webinars. The first session, Oct. 26, covers what you need to do to move from initial to professional certification.
  • NYSUT ELT offers a wedbinar, “What Makes an Effective Co-Teaching Team?” featuring content teachers and English as a New Language (ENL) teachers from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.
  • Please donate to NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund. The 501(c)3 can help union members impacted by recent hurricanes and tropical storms. Go to to apply for assistance.


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