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NEW ==>An Open Letter

An Open Letter to Rob Astorino and All New York State Elected Leaders and Candidates - please click here.

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NEW ==> The August and September 2014 WGTA Cabinet Meeting Minutes

The August and September 2014 WGTA Cabinet Meeting Minutes are now online. Please click here to read the latest news from the WGTA.

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NEW ==> The WGTA Fall Fling

The WGTA Fall Fling was held on Friday, October 3rd at the Wildcat Pizza Place. There were a lot of staff members and retirees in attendance and all had a GREAT time!

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Assembly candidate and West Genesee alumnus Diane Dwire with WGTA President John Mannion. If elected Diane will work with our teachers to make sure our children have the best education possible.

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Editors Note: Assembly candidate Diane Dwire has been endorsed by NYSUT
in the 126th Senate Assembly District upcoming election.

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NEW ==> The September / October 2014 MemberShip

The September / October Membership is now online. For the latest news from the WGTA, please click here.

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General Membership Meeting Power Point Presentation

Please mouse click here to download WGTA President John Mannion's Power Point presentation
-- OR --
mouse click here to download a PDF version of his presentation.

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President Mannion's Membership Article, "Stay Informed"

Stay Informed

Teachers have been hit with a perfect storm of decreased funding, larger class sizes, increased testing, new curricula, a labor intensive evaluation system, an attack on tenure and a multitude of other changes. Below are a few bits of information that may relate to us directly at West Genesee either on a local, state and/or national level.

Education is not a business. We do not have a bottom line. Education Reformers will continue to use the phrase “College and Career Readiness” to push their agenda. The alumni of West Genesee have proven that we have prepared them for their future, and prepared them well. Not a day goes by without hearing about the accomplishments and success of one of our graduates. However, under the guise of education reform, steps are being taken to weaken teachers’ rights, implement curriculum to profit from the tests and support materials that accompany it and push for privatization. A new industry is being created on the backs of public school students. Below are a few of the steps in the path to accomplish these pursuits

To read the rest of the story please click here.

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NEW ==> SU Football AND Basketball Tickets

The following message was sent to WGTA President John Mannion.

**************** FOOTBALL TICKETS ************
Scroll down for Basketball tickets.

I am Dan Bartlett with the Ticket Sales Department here at Syracuse University. I began this position in August of 2013 and had little time before the football & basketball season were upon me. One of my main goals when I started was to show my appreciation for the teachers in the area. My sister teaches at Solvay Elementary and we came up with this idea to offer a discount to all teachers in the Syracuse area! With all the hard work that our teachers put in I wanted to give them the greatest discount I could and offer it for three games!

That is exactly what I did and am expanding upon that initiative this year! What I would like is for your office to review the link at the bottom of this email (those are the steps for your faculty and staff to follow in order to purchase) If you believe that this is something you’d like your faculty & staff to take advantage of please email blast the instructions out to them. I ask that you CC me or BCC me so I can keep track of the schools involved.

The offer is for ALL employees of the WGTA - retired, aides, assistants, etc. Any and all employees past or present can take advantage of this offer :)

Basketball is on its way. Once I have the schedule finalized my director and I will go through it and find 2-3 games that make the most sense for the offer!!

Here are the savings on tickets through this offer!

Villanova Prices - GAME OVER

Duke Pricing - NOVEMBER 8 - Kickoff at 12:30PM.
$25 – Upper Sideline – These tickets are normally $45 per ticket
$23 – 1st/2nd Level Endzone – These tickets are normally $40 per ticket
$18 – 3rd Level Corner – These tickets are normally $30 per ticket
$10 – Youth tickets

Florida State Prices - GAME OVER

Thank you very much!!

How To Purchase Tickets

Copy and paste this hyperlink into your browser -- https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/syracuse/EN/link/promotion/home/dd1b0b09accc58b961737caf31aab0e4bc2db343

From there select any of the games and enter the promo code “SUTEACHERS14

From there you can click any DARK BLUE section and grab the number of seats you would like. You can either select an adult ticket or a youth ticket

The cheapest adult tickets will be in the upper level corners, followed by Endzone seating, and then sideline seats. Once you have all the seats you would like you click add to cart and then proceed to payment.

Please note that anyone who is above the age of 13 years old will not be able to enter the Dome using a Youth ticket. Please make sure your order is correct upon checking out.

Once you are all set with seats and payment your tickets will be sent to your email so you can print them right at home!

Any issues at all please email Dan Bartlett with Syracuse Athletics at drbartle@syr.edu

+++++++++Basketball Tickets+++++++++++

If you were someone who expressed interest in a partial plan for Syracuse Basketball please reach out to Dan Bartlett with Syracuse Athletics and he will be able to accommodate you. You can reach him via office phone at 315-314-6756 or his email [preferred] drbartle@syr.edu

The partial plans that are available are listed below! Please keep in mind he will still be offering a TEACHERS DISCOUNT to 3 CONFERENCE GAMES this year. That will be sent out sometime in November! You can purchase any of these partial plans AND still purchase tickets to the discounted teacher’s offer! Thank you!

Classic Package – Option 1 - $110 Per Package Three Games – Virginia Tech [2/3], Boston College [1/20], and Pittsburgh [2/21] All former Big East Rivals who make their returns to the Carrier Dome during ACC Conference Play

Three Point Package – Option 2 - $110 Per Package Three Games – Florida State [1/11], Miami [1/24], and Virginia [3/2] Two Weekend games and Virginia is Senior Night!

Pick 6 Package – Option 3 - $175 Per Package Flexibility for 6 Games!
+ Pick 1 out of Louisville [2/18] or Pittsburgh [2/21]
+ Pick 2 out of St. Johns [12/6], Florida State [1/11], Wake [1/13], Boston College [1/20], Miami [1/24], Virginia Tech [2/3], or Virginia [3/2]
+ Pick 3 out of all remaining home non-conference games: Kennesaw [11/14], Hampton [11/16], Loyola [11/25] Holy Cross [11/28], Louisiana Tech [12/14], Colgate [12/22], Long Beach State [12/28], Cornell [12/31]

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Blue Cross/Blue Shield Website

Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield website - programs explained, find a doctor or hospital, coupons, prizes and more. This website information was also added to our LINKS section..

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Active and Retired Teachers
Take Action, Join Mac (Member Action Center).
They even have an App for that!

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https://mac.nysut.org/

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