POSITION ON NYSUT FINANCES
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In 2014, Martin Messner demanded transparency in NYSUT’s finances. At last year’s RA, delegates were informed of how successful Martin Messner has been at correcting NYSUT’s financial challenges. He even bragged about a surplus, only to find out two months later, NYSUT was reporting a fiscal crisis so severe it threatened to derail negotiations with PSA, the union that represents much of the NYSUT staff. In addition, the Board of Directors is considering a “five-year plan” focused on restructuring and reducing the field services a majority of our locals depend upon. This clearly articulates the vision of our current NYSUT leadership. They believe the burden of the fiscal crisis faced by NYSUT should be one borne on the backs of the organization’s most important asset--its employees. In contrast, we believe NYSUT officers should lead by example when it comes to NYSUT’s finances. We are proposing a constitutional amendment that would reduce the number of NYSUT officers from five to four, which presents at minimum a 20% reduction in officer expenses. Additionally, once elected, we will be reducing officer salaries by 15%. While we are under no delusion that these measures will be the solution to all of NYSUT’s financial hurdles, we believe it is important that we do all that we can to preserve the most critical services offered to NYSUT locals.