The HHHTA Executive Board hosted a meeting on April 4, 2017, at the Candlewood Auditorium. Richard Haase, The TA President spoke to nearly 400 people from all different bargaining units across the district, including retirees. This was the largest turnout for a general membership meeting in nearly two decades. Every person who entered the auditorium had the same concerns and worries about the 2017 Constitutional Convention.
This meeting was not however, the first attempt to educate members about the importance of this Convention. The campaign against the Constitutional Convention, also known as the “Con-Con,” included a phone bank to all retirees of the Half Hollow Hills School District. Retirees showed up in record numbers to show their support for understanding that no one is safe if the NYS votes to open the Constitution this November. Members of the Executive Board have visited schools to deliver the message and relay to members the importance of their “NO” vote on the ballotthis November. Building representatives have also held meetings and gone door-to-door engaging members as often as possible.
Now that the word is out and members have a better understanding about the dangers of opening up a Constitutional Convention, it will be critical for us all to take an active role and do our parts to spread the word and have everyone get out in November to “Vote NO!” Although millions of dollars will be spent by corporations in support of the Constitution, it is our job to educate as many people as we can before November about the long-term negative effects of opening the state constitution. It was great to see so many bargaining units standing together in solidarity, which come November, should send a message to all politicians in this great state of New York!