Volume XXXVII, No. 2 October 6, 1999



By PCT President Morty Rosenfeld

I and all who knew Vinny Nava, former Vice-President of the PCT, were deeply saddened to learn of his death on Monday, September 27, 1999. The teacher/labor movement has lost a passionately committed brother who worked tirelessly for the PCT and before that for the unionization of the teachers in the overseas schools for American dependents. I and many others learned a great deal about doing union work from Vinny. We are left to continue his work and that of his generation to organize and fight for better conditions for teachers and educational support personnel.

Personally, I have lost a very important friend but for whom my life might have been very different. Back in the late 70's when I began to think that I might want to lead our union, Vinny Nava’s encouragement and faith in my ability to do the job were crucial to my decision to run for the position. My conversations with Vinny over the years helped shape my ideas and made me a more effective leader. Above all, Vinny was a fascinating human being. A nephew who eulogized him suggested that the world would be a less interesting place for his passing. I couldn’t agree more.



The PCT has been informed that salary increases pursuant to the 1999-00 salary schedules will be reflected in the October 15th payroll. Retroactive salary from July 1, 1999 to October 15th will be in the November 12th check.



The PCT Office has been informed by a number of members of difficulties they have experienced in getting paid for hours they worked last spring on the MSTE, Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative Programs.

After meeting with the central administration, the PCT believes that these problems have been resolved. Members who believe that they were inappropriately denied payment for work in these programs should re-submit their time sheets to Dr. LoPresti for payment. Please report any problems to the PCT Office.



In accordance with the terms of our new contract with the district, the Staff Development Committee and the central administration have agreed on the following staff development dates for the fall semester. The topics to be addressed at these sessions will be announced shortly. For now, mark your calendars as follows:

November 1 & 30

December 13

January 18

All sessions are two hours in length and begin shortly after the end of the regular school day.



Recently, Grievance Chairperson Judith Alexanderson sent each PCT member a Contract Survey Form. The purpose of this form is to get members to think about our contract with the district and help us determine if management is living up to the terms and conditions of it. The PCT Office is particularly interested in making sure that no class is above 30 students, part-time people are not working more than they are being paid for, members with split assignments are receiving contractual travel time and whether members have the things they need to do their jobs.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete your Contract Survey Form and return it to the PCT Office.


Each year our state organization NEA/New York awards scholarships of $500 per year for four years to children of our members. There will be two such scholarships this year in our region of the state.

Applicants for the NEA/New York Scholarship must meet the following eligibility requirements:

* parent or guardian must be a member of NEA/New York

* graduating high school senior

* upper quarter in class

* accepted to post secondary program

* full-time student

* a 3.0 average in each year of post-secondary education

of post secondary education


Applications for the NEA/New York Scholarship are available from the PCT Office. They must be submitted by February 1, 2000.



On Tuesday, September 21, 1999 the officers of the PCT and the staff of our union and Welfare Fund met with new hires to the district. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the importance of PCT membership to employees of the district and to help the new employees put their Welfare Fund benefit package in place.



On October 22, 1999, the PCT will hold its annual cocktail party to honor last year’s retirees and to welcome new members of our union.

Once again, we will gather at the Maine Maid Inn from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM for endless hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soda. Speeches will be kept to a tactful minimum so that the focus can be on having fun. It will be a nice way to end a busy week.

The cost of attending is $25.00 per person which includes a contribution to gifts for our retirees. Checks should be made payable to PCT and given to your SRC Rep.


Within the next week or so, the Welfare Fund will send each member a Data Correction Sheet. This paper contains all of the data on record for you in the PCT computer. It is data that is essential in settling claims you make with the Welfare Fund and/ or the PCT.

When your Data Correction Sheet arrives, please take a few minutes and examine its contents carefully. If corrections need to be made, make them in red ink and return your sheet to the PCT Office via inter-office mail. If all of your data are correct, keep the Data Correction Sheet for your records.



How much of the stuff our school district purchases is produced in the third world by child labor earning pennies per hour? Probably quite a bit, and people of conscience are organizing to see to it that we don’t profit from the work of third world children.


Working with the Long Island Labor Religion Coalition, the PCT is encouraging its members to become involved in the Long Island Sweatfree Schools Campaign.



On October 21, 1999 at 7:30 PM in the IBEW Building in Hauppauge, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Coordinator of the New York Sate Labor Religion Coalition, will conduct an orientation session in the campaign taking shape to rid Long Island schools of products produced by exploiting children.



PCT members wishing to attend are asked to contact the PCT Office.




The last issue of the Pledge carried an article on tax-sheltered annuities (403b accounts). The article contained a small error that could be of importance. You may shelter up to $10,000 in a 403b account - not $9,500 as we reported.




The Empire Plan Participating Directory can now be accessed through the Internet. The address is:

Once you get to the home page you would select "Employee Benefits" and then click on to "Empire Plan Participating Provider Directory." The information on-line is updated weekly.


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