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President’s Messages2017-10-16T11:55:39+00:00

If they try to strike us down… by Richard Haase

Fifty years ago this month, the Half Hollow Hills Teachers’ Association received its charter from the State Education Department. Starting salary was $6,900 and becoming pregnant could cost you your job. Our contract was a fraction of what it is today, and we spent the next several decades organizing our members to improve teaching conditions, [...]

January 14th, 2018|

You’ve Got to Have Faith

Most Sunday mornings, I’m wedged between our two boys for mass at Our Lady of the Snow in Blue Point. In the intervals between reminding them how to sit at church and mediating whose turn it is to put money in the collection basket this week, I try to listen to the week’s message. Although [...]

May 13th, 2017|

A Look at HHH Enrollment Trends

Fifteen to twenty years ago, Half Hollow Hills was dotted with big parcels of undeveloped land. In the late 90s and early 2000s, we saw a population explosion as those parcels were bought up, developed, and brought an influx of students into the district. I believe this increase was sustained a few years beyond its natural [...]

December 13th, 2016|

What the 2016 Elections Will Mean for Us

The last year has revealed some serious challenges we face as a country. Although the year ahead may present glimmers of both fear and hope, depending on your beliefs, we must take very seriously a number of threats on the political horizon that will directly impact us as public educators and union members. It’s critical [...]

December 13th, 2016|

Verizon’s Struggles Could be Any of Our Struggles

In 1971, a corporate lawyer named Lewis Powell drafted a memo to the Chamber of Commerce. This memo, known as the Powell Memo, or Powell Manifesto,  set forth a blueprint for increasing political and social power of corporations. It has served as a playbook for the last several decades, as companies have followed its advice [...]

December 13th, 2016|

The State-Wide Battle Over Waiver Payments

For decades, employees who decline their health insurance have been able, when bargained into a contract, to receive a payment for making that choice. The waiver, which is only a fraction of the value of a policy, itself, saves employers money while offsetting the difference an employee not taking insurance might otherwise find in their [...]

December 13th, 2016|