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    CNY Labor Council and Joe Bonamassa Hold Benefit to Save the Lab! by Bill Perrotti

    Contents Benefit Concert 1 NYSUT/NEA Merger Talks 2 AFL-CIO Scholarship 2 CCC Planning & Higher Ed. Council Meetings

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    Spring Luncheon & New Member Reception

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    New Member Profile 5 Scholarship Winners Essay 6

    Correction 7 NYSUT Travel Benefits 8 PA Co-Sponsor of Heart-Run Team

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    Political Outreach 11

    New Committee Members and Reps

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    PANORAMA MVCC PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER VOLUME V I NO. 4 FEBRUARY 2005

    T H E A W A R D-W I N N I N G N E W S L E T T E R MO H A W K VA L L E Y CO M M U N I T Y CO L L E G E PR O F E S S I O N A L AS S O C I AT I O N

    UN I T E D FO R EX C E L L E N C E I N ED U C A T I O N

    A new round of hearings by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRACC) is slated for later this year and the Air Force Research Laboratory (the Rome Lab), the Northeast Air Defense Sector, and the Defense Finance Accounting Service on the former Griffiss Air Base in Rome will be on the docket. No one who has lived in the Mohawk Valley for even a short time has to be told of the devastating impact on the central New York economy and the quality of life in Utica,

    Rome, and the surrounding communities if those facilities close and the associated jobs leave the area. We're talking over two thousand jobs, over two thousand GOOD jobs! We simply can't let that happen. And it's not simply a problem for the politicians to solve. We ALL have a stake in this and we ALL must roll up our collective sleeves and do something to help. I'm proud to say that organized labor in the form of the AFL-CIO Central New York Labor Council is stepping up in a big way to help protect these facilities and these jobs. And it's not because the jobs we could lose are all union jobs, they're not. They are good jobs. And that's reason enough for all of us who are part of the labor movement to work to keep them here. Below I've paraphrased remarks I've heard from Council President Pat Costello of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: We don't just worry about union jobs, we fight for all good jobs.

    We're about doing whatever we can to make life in the Mohawk Valley better. We're about doing what we can to raise the living standard of as many central New Yorkers as we can.

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    Joe Bonamassa, a native of NY Mills, and his band will play at benefit.

    Take a Friend!! Buy a ticket, get a ticket for

    free!! (Offer limited to the first

    15 tickets sold.) See Bill Perrotti for details.

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    PANORAMA MVCC PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER VOLUME V I NO. 4 FEBRUARY 2005

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    At its December meeting, the NYSUT Board of Directors discussed a documentstill in draft formthat proposes to express the common grounds upon which a single state teachers union would be formed. The draft, entitled Fundamental Beliefs to Create a Single State Union, proposes eight principles of unification. It envisions a single state union that would

    champion public education be an inclusive

    organization reach decisions

    democratically strongly support local

    affiliate efforts to serve members provide highest quality

    services to members foster diversity work for a strong,

    democratic, and effective labor movement

    In addition, the unification process would involve members and respect the past. Combining the two statewide unions has been under discussion for some time. Similar discussions have been taking place on the national level. In recent months, some of the obstacles to this merger have been overcome and the process has gained momentum.

    So the question is, What will labor do?" To answer, all I can say is "Come to the Capitol Theater on Monday evening, February 28th." With Pat's vision and the virtuoso help of Joe Bonamassa, we're going to "Save the Lab." New York Mills born Joe Bonamassa is widely acknowledged to be one of the foremost blues guitarists in the world. He and his band have agreed to return to the Mohawk Valley to help raise money to "Save the Lab. They will perform a special concert that will include an acoustic set by Joe alone followed by a longer set with the whole band. In between sets, there will be opportunities for representatives of area labor locals or other organizations to publicly add to the growing "war chest" with their own donations. County Executive Joe Griffo will be on hand to officially accept any

    Save Jobs!

    school student who meets the fol-

    lowing criteria, tell him or her to apply for a 2005 New York State AFL-CIO Scholarship. Applicants must graduate in 2005, have a parent or guardian who is a member of a union affiliated with NYS AFL-CIO (which includes PA members), and be accepted in a course of study in labor relations or a labor-related interest (e.g., law, political science, journalism, or sociology) at an accredited New York State institution. Scholarship details and a down-loadable application form can be found online at this address: http://www.nysaflcio.org/scholarship_2005.htm.

    NYS AFL-CIO offers $8,000.00 Scholarship

    Help spread the word! If you know of a high

    NYSUT and NY/NEA Merger Talks Continue by Ellis Gage Searles

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    This proposed unification will be a major topic this April at the RA, NYSUTs annual convention. Following the RA, regular updates should be forthcoming.

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    PANORAMA MVCC PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER VOLUME V I NO. 4 FEBRUARY 2005

    Today, was voted the BluesWax 2004 Blues Album of the Year. I'd say that's pretty impressive. From what I recently read, it sounds like the album before that, Blues Deluxe, was pretty special as well. On hearing he had just won two prestigious music awards, Joe had this to say: I am very honored by both of these awards...I was first introduced to the Blues at age four after hearing Eric Clapton's version of 'Further on Up the Road.' Twenty-three years later, Blues is the music that still inspires me everyday. It's a constantly changing medium and sometimes I know I think a little outside the box. Nevertheless I am and have always been a Blues guitar player. It's a feeling inside as much a part of me as love, sadness, and all other emotions. It's my life's calling, I could

    never do anything else. Not only is Joe an accomplished, award-winning musician, he is also an educator and an ambassador for the blues. Next to native American music, blues is the oldest music genre of truly American origin. Joe has appeared in more than 100

    donations and he will be joined by many politicians and citizens who care about the Mohawk Valley. I'm really proud to say that the Professional Association was the first area labor local to have done so weeks ago with a donation to the effort totaling $1000 (and the PAs buy-one-get-one-free ticket subsidy will raise our total contribution to $1300). I think the example we've set is soon to become very contagious as many locals are now considering donations of their own. The "Save the Lab" concert promises to be a not-to-be-missed world class show to remember by a local one-in-a-million musical talent. Maybe a few words about Joe Bonamassa will help. Joe was voted the 2004 Blues Artist of the Year by the readers of BluesWax, the most widely subscribed blues magazine in the world. And if that's not enough, Joe's latest album, Had To Cry

    My early January activities are fairly predictable: finish off the holiday cake, take a nap; polish off the

    leftover New Years champagne, take a nap; read a book, take a nap. This January, though, I had the opportunity to get out of my sweatpants and take a peak at what New York States higher-ed unionists do during their breaks. On January 7, presidents (or their representatives) from ED 39 met in New York to plan next years Community College Conference. In approximately five hours, the group reviewed the conference evaluations, discussed new topics and ideas for the Conference, decided on a short list of keynote speakers and a theme (tentatively, Local and Global Coalition Building), and came up with a fairly specific schedule of topics and panels. Soon after the CCC planning storm, representatives from our local, NYSUT, AFT, UUP, and PSC, among others, began the Higher Education Council meeting. From Friday to Saturday afternoon, the group received information on what is

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    Joe Bonamassa

    CCC Planning and Higher Ed. Council Meetings by Alison Doughtie

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    PANORAMA MVCC PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER VOLUME V I NO. 4 FEBRUARY 2005

    Member Services

    PA kicks off 2005 with Annual Spring Luncheon and New Member Reception

    Retirees Tom Maneen (left) and John Snyder (right) display PA plaques given in recognition of their service.

    Above: The PA hosts a crowd at the Spring Luncheon.

    Right (from left to right): Julie Wells-Tsiatsos, Pat Zawko, 2005 PA Scholarship winner Stan Bridgman, Larisa Graziano, Sandy Davis , and Sue Perry-Zasa

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    PANORAMA MVCC PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER VOLUME VI NO. 4 FEBRUARY 2005