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October 2019:

The LFA at Citi Field on September 29:   Spirit of Xaverian Gala to be held November 14: The   Xaverian   High   School   community   gathers   annually   at   the   Spirit   of   Xaverian   Gala   to   recognize   those   who   have   achieved   great   things   professionally   and   in   their   volunteer   work   –   and   more   importantly,   in   living   lives   that   emulate   the   values   of   the   Xaverian   Brothers. Xaverian’s mission, a part of daily life at 7100 Shore Road, instills in our students a commitment to faith and service to community. This year the Gala will be held on November 14, 2019 at  The Liberty Warehouse  260 Conover Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.   Proceeds from the Gala benefit Xaverian’s annual Clipper Fund. Questions regarding the Gala may be directed to Brittany Campanile at bcampanile@xaverian.org or at 718-836-7100 x167. Bishop Loughlin starts new STEM course: In   September,   2019,   Bishop   Loughlin   started   a   new   STEM   course   after   winning   a   grant   from   Amazon   earlier   in   the   year.   Thanks   to   the   grant, 10   students   were   chosen   to   pilot   the   new   Intro   to   Computer   Science   course   designed   by   the   start-up   digital   education   company,   Edhesive. More than 20 students are signed up for the course in the Spring of 2020 and Loughlin anticipates that student interest will only grow. The   Amazon   Future   Engineer   program   initiative   seeks   to   “dramatically   expand   access   to   high   caliber   preparatory   courses,   curricular resources,   and   programs   for   schools   and   districts   to   help   prepare   and   propel   high   school   students   forward   in   their   pursuit   of   AP   Computer Science education.” Mr.   Luis   Montes   is   the   Bishop   Loughlin   instructor   selected   to   teach   the   initial   course.   “I   knew   right   away   that   this   would   be   a   challenging and fast paced course for students” Would the Union members at the Child School Legacy High School tell us what is happening at the school. Send an email to Dan at ddvt2001@gmail.com   Thank you. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Lamb Chops :   Ingredients: 12 lamb chops (about 2 lbs) 1/3 cup of olive oil ½ cup of chopped mint leaves                                             ½ tsp red pepper flakes          crushed garlic - 2 or 3 cloves                                       parsley to taste                                                                     Steps: 1 . Coat chops with ingredients 2 . Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Garnish with parsley. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s October 2019 Message…………. LIUNA   has   sent   out   notifications   to   all   Bishop   Kearney   retirees   concerning   the   change   in   their   pensions   as   per   the   2010   ruling.      Once   Bishop Kearney   closed,   the   pension   went   into   Default   Mode   and   all   past   credit   that   was   originally   gifted   is   now   gone!   All   retirees   from   2010   on   will unfortunately have their pensions adjusted. The new pension amounts will probably go into effect on December 1. As   you   may   recall,   this   also   happened   to   our   brothers   and   sisters   at   Bishop   Ford   in   2014   when   it   closed.      As   per   LIUNA,   both   schools   were subject to heavy penalties for closing down the pension. I   have   been   participating   in   webinars   and   conferences   called   by   our   LIUNA   Eastern   Region   Vice   President   -   Ray   Pocino   concerning   the   LIUNA Branding. I will keep you posted.  Your President and Business Manager, Ciro Quattrocchi

September 2019:

Congratulations      to   Madeleine   Santangelo-Palumbo,   a   former   teacher   at   Bishop   Kearney   High   School   who   was   made   a   member   of the   Board   of   New   York   State   Right   to   Life   representing   Queens,   New   York:       At   Bishop   Kearney   she   started   a   Celebrate   Life   Club,   took students   to   the   March   for   Life   in   Washington,   DC.   Madeleine   is   an   active   member   in   the   Joint   Parish   Respect   Life   Committee   and   many other activities as a voice for the unborn. Guns:   H.J.   Res   40   (Hard   to   believe!):    In   2017   a   law   was   overturned   on   a   gun   regulation   that   prevented   certain   individuals   with   mental health   conditions   from   buying   firearms.   Prior   to   President   Trump's   overturning   the   rule   on   February   28,   2017   four   Democratic   senators   and an independent who were up for re-election in 2018 had sided with their Republican colleagues by voting to revoke it. The   Social   Security   Administration   finalized   the   standing   rule   in   December,   2016   under   President   Barack   Obama.   With   the   regulation,   the SSA   was   required   to   identify   and   report   to   the   National   Instant   Criminal   Background   Check   System   (NICS)   individuals   who   are   unable   to work   because   of   severe   mental   impairment   and   can't   manage   their   own   Social   Security   financial   benefits,   and   therefore   were   ineligible   to buy guns. The thought was that those certain Social Security recipients could pose a danger to themselves or others. The   repeal   is   a   significant   step   for   gun   advocates..   The   N.R.A   applauded   the   Senate's   decision,   calling   the   existing   regulation   "Obama's unconstitutional   gun   grab."   Oh,   certain   felons   and   foreigners   are   also   now   permitted   to   purchase   a   gun!   A   mentally   ill   person   who   is   unable to work  may be able to purchase a firearm! How many more need to die? 96% of teachers personally pay for students' supplies: Survey (By Reggie Wade, Yahoo Finance) A   total   of   1,038   teachers   from   45   states   responded   to   the   survey,   which   ran   from   July   6   to   July   10,   2019.The   data   also   showed   that   96.71%   of female   teachers   have   paid   for   student's   supplies   as   well   as   92.13%   of   male   teachers.   A   2018   Department   of   Education   survey   also   supports Fishbowl's findings, showing that 94% of U.S. teachers pay out of their own pockets — $470 each year on average — for students’ supplies. 97   percent   of   today’s   Catholic   workforces   are   lay   teachers:    According   to   the   National   Catholic   Educational   Association,   150,000   teachers and   support   staff   instruct   nearly   two   million   children   in   our   nation’s   Catholic   schools.   Before   the   1960s   most   teaching   positions   were   filled by   vowed   religious   (nuns,   friars,   and   priests   who   belonged   to   religious   orders).   Today   lay   men   and   women   account   for   more   than   97%   of the Catholic school workforce. Unlike   most   Catholic   hospitals   and   universities,   Catholic   schools   are   typically   operated   directly   by   the   Church.   Elementary   and   Middle schools   are   generally   operated   by   parishes,   while   high   schools   are   more   commonly   operated   by   a   diocese   or   sponsoring   religious   order. Because   they   are   directly   operated   by   the   Church   and   charged   with   teaching   religious   doctrine   to   Catholic   youth,   the   courts   have   exempted these   schools   from   the   jurisdiction   of   the   National   Labor   Relations   Act,   citing   the   First   Amendment’s   absolute   protections   of   religious freedom. This   exemption   does   NOT   mean   that   teachers   lack   the   right   to   form   unions   and   bargain   collectively,   just   that   the   National   Labor   Relations Board   will   not   protect   them   from   those   that   might   violate   their   rights.   The   NLRB’s   absence   does   not   absolve   the   pastor,   school   board   or principal   from   the   Bishops’   injunction   that   “All   the   moral   principles   that   govern   the   just   operation   of   any   economic   endeavor   apply   to   the Church and its agencies and institutions; indeed the Church should be exemplary (Economic Justice for All, 1986).” Indeed,   thousands   of   Catholic   Schoolteachers   across   the   United   States   have   formed   unions   and   established   mutually   rewarding   collective bargaining   relationships   with   individual   Catholic   schools   or   entire   Diocesan   school   systems.   Some   belong   to   familiar   unions   affiliated   with the AFL-CIO, while many others belong to an independent union, the National Association of Catholic School Teachers. Survey- Benefits Non –Union Vs Union some differences:   A   recent   survey   conducted   by   the   AFL-CIO   found   that   union   membership   is   a   key   factor   in   whether   a   worker   has   paid   time   off.   One   of   the major   findings   of   the   study   was   that   union   members   are   much   more   likely   to   receive   overtime   pay   compared   with   their   nonunion counterparts.   For   example,   66%   of   union   members   report   receiving   overtime   for   working   on   Labor   Day,   compared   with   only   38%   of nonunion   members.   Furthermore,   the   survey   found   that   79%   of   union   members   enjoy   access   to   paid   vacation,   compared   with   68%   of nonunion members. Finally, 75% of union members have access to paid sick leave, compared with only 64% of nonunion members. Source: Long Island Educator C ooking with VP Jerry Franza: Lamb Chops:   Ingredients: 1 orange 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp rosemary salmon fillets (skin removed) 12 oz. package brussels sprouts 2 tbsp of olive oil 1 tbsp chopped garlic                Steps: 1 . Mix the zest and juice of one orange with maple syrup and rosemary 2 . Toss and coat the salmon 3 . Cook sprouts in half and cook them with garlic and oil for 6-7 minutes 4 . Cook the salmon for about 4 to 5 minutes and turn every 2 minutes 5 . Toss the sprouts with the salmon Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s September 2019 Message: Welcome   back!      Hope   you   have   had   a   restful   summer   break.      On   behalf   of   the   entire   LFA   Board   of   Directors and the LFA Executive Board, I would like to wish you much success in the new school year. Please   never   hesitate   to   seek   advice   from   your   Union   Delegate   concerning   Union   issues   or   call   the   LFA office directly. A   special   welcome   to   the   newly   hired…   May   you   have   a   long   stay   with   Local   1261   and   enjoy   the   many benefits that the LFA has to offer.  “ One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.”                                                                                                                                       Philip Wylie   Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi    

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

House Democrats, Republicans unite to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' 

An overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives voted Wednesday, July 17, to repeal the Affordable Care Act's so-

called "Cadillac Tax" more than eight years after the legislation known as "ObamaCare" became law.

The tax would have slapped a 40 percent levy on the value of health insurance plans above $11,200 for single coverage and $30,100 for

family policies beginning in 2022. Lawmakers kept delaying the tax's implementation before the House voted 419-6 to repeal it. The

margin increases chances that the Senate will follow the House and send the measure to President Trump for his signature.

Click here for a link to the story
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News From the LFA and its member

schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter.  Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

LiUNA! News:

Recent News from our

local:

October 2019:

The LFA at Citi Field on September 29:   Spirit of Xaverian Gala to be held November 14: The   Xaverian   High   School   community   gathers   annually   at   the Spirit   of   Xaverian   Gala   to   recognize   those   who   have   achieved great   things   –   professionally   and   in   their   volunteer   work   –   and more   importantly,   in   living   lives   that   emulate   the   values   of   the Xaverian   Brothers.   Xaverian’s   mission,   a   part   of   daily   life   at   7100 Shore   Road,   instills   in   our   students   a   commitment   to   faith   and service to community. This   year   the   Gala   will   be   held   on   November   14,   2019   at      The Liberty Warehouse  260 Conover Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.   Proceeds from the Gala benefit Xaverian’s annual Clipper Fund. Questions    regarding    the    Gala    may    be    directed    to    Brittany Campanile    at    bcampanile@xaverian.org    or    at    718-836-7100 x167. Bishop Loughlin starts new STEM course: In   September,   2019,   Bishop   Loughlin   started   a   new   STEM   course after   winning   a   grant   from   Amazon   earlier   in   the   year.   Thanks   to the   grant,   10   students   were   chosen   to   pilot   the   new   Intro   to Computer    Science    course    designed    by    the    start-up    digital education    company,    Edhesive.    More    than    20    students    are signed   up   for   the   course   in   the   Spring   of   2020   and   Loughlin anticipates that student interest will only grow. The     Amazon     Future     Engineer     program     initiative     seeks     to “dramatically   expand   access   to   high   caliber   preparatory   courses, curricular   resources,   and   programs   for   schools   and   districts   to help   prepare   and   propel   high   school   students   forward   in   their pursuit of AP Computer Science education.” Mr.   Luis   Montes   is   the   Bishop   Loughlin   instructor   selected   to teach   the   initial   course.   “I   knew   right   away   that   this   would   be   a challenging and fast paced course for students” Would   the   Union   members   at   the   Child   School   Legacy   High School tell us what is happening at the school. Send an email to Dan at ddvt2001@gmail.com   Thank you. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Lamb Chops :   Ingredients: 12 lamb chops (about 2 lbs) 1/3 cup of olive oil ½ cup of chopped mint leaves                                             ½ tsp red pepper flakes          crushed garlic - 2 or 3 cloves                                       parsley to taste                                                                     Steps: 1 . Coat chops with ingredients 2 . Cook   for   about   4   to   5   minutes on each side. Garnish with parsley. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s October 2019 Message…………. LIUNA   has   sent   out   notifications   to   all   Bishop   Kearney   retirees concerning   the   change   in   their   pensions   as   per   the   2010   ruling.     Once    Bishop    Kearney    closed,    the    pension    went    into    Default Mode   and   all   past   credit   that   was   originally   gifted   is   now   gone! All   retirees   from   2010   on   will   unfortunately   have   their   pensions adjusted.   The   new   pension   amounts   will   probably   go   into   effect on December 1. As    you    may    recall,    this    also    happened    to    our    brothers    and sisters   at   Bishop   Ford   in   2014   when   it   closed.      As   per   LIUNA, both   schools   were   subject   to   heavy   penalties   for   closing   down the pension. I   have   been   participating   in   webinars   and   conferences   called   by our     LIUNA     Eastern     Region     Vice     President     -     Ray     Pocino concerning the LIUNA Branding. I will keep you posted.  Your President and Business Manager, Ciro Quattrocchi

September 2019:

Congratulations          to     Madeleine     Santangelo-Palumbo,     a former    teacher    at    Bishop    Kearney    High    School    who    was made   a   member   of   the   Board   of   New   York   State   Right   to Life   representing   Queens,   New   York:       At   Bishop   Kearney   she started   a   Celebrate   Life   Club,   took   students   to   the   March   for   Life in   Washington,   DC.   Madeleine   is   an   active   member   in   the   Joint Parish   Respect   Life   Committee   and   many   other   activities   as   a voice for the unborn. Guns:    H.J.    Res    40    (Hard    to    believe!):     In    2017    a    law    was overturned     on     a     gun     regulation     that     prevented     certain individuals   with   mental   health   conditions   from   buying   firearms. Prior   to   President   Trump's   overturning   the   rule   on   February   28, 2017   four   Democratic   senators   and   an   independent   who   were up    for    re-election    in    2018    had    sided    with    their    Republican colleagues by voting to revoke it. The   Social   Security   Administration   finalized   the   standing   rule   in December,    2016    under    President    Barack    Obama.    With    the regulation,   the   SSA   was   required   to   identify   and   report   to   the National    Instant    Criminal    Background    Check    System    (NICS) individuals   who   are   unable   to   work   because   of   severe   mental impairment   and   can't   manage   their   own   Social   Security   financial benefits,   and   therefore   were   ineligible   to   buy   guns.   The   thought was   that   those   certain   Social   Security   recipients   could   pose   a danger to themselves or others. The   repeal   is   a   significant   step   for   gun   advocates..   The   N.R.A applauded   the   Senate's   decision,   calling   the   existing   regulation "Obama's    unconstitutional    gun    grab."    Oh,    certain    felons    and foreigners   are   also   now   permitted   to   purchase   a   gun!   A   mentally ill   person   who   is   unable   to   work      may   be   able   to   purchase   a firearm! How many more need to die? 96%    of    teachers    personally    pay    for    students'    supplies: Survey (By Reggie Wade, Yahoo Finance) A    total    of    1,038    teachers    from    45    states    responded    to    the survey,    which    ran    from    July    6    to    July    10,    2019.The    data    also showed   that   96.71%   of   female   teachers   have   paid   for   student's supplies   as   well   as   92.13%   of   male   teachers.   A   2018   Department of   Education   survey   also   supports   Fishbowl's   findings,   showing that   94%   of   U.S.   teachers   pay   out   of   their   own   pockets   —   $470 each year on average — for students’ supplies. 97   percent   of   today’s   Catholic   workforces   are   lay   teachers:   According    to    the    National    Catholic    Educational    Association, 150,000   teachers   and   support   staff   instruct   nearly   two   million children   in   our   nation’s   Catholic   schools.   Before   the   1960s   most teaching   positions   were   filled   by   vowed   religious   (nuns,   friars, and   priests   who   belonged   to   religious   orders).   Today   lay   men and   women   account   for   more   than   97%   of   the   Catholic   school workforce. Unlike   most   Catholic   hospitals   and   universities,   Catholic   schools are   typically   operated   directly   by   the   Church.   Elementary   and Middle   schools   are   generally   operated   by   parishes,   while   high schools     are     more     commonly     operated     by     a     diocese     or sponsoring   religious   order.   Because   they   are   directly   operated by   the   Church   and   charged   with   teaching   religious   doctrine   to Catholic   youth,   the   courts   have   exempted   these   schools   from the   jurisdiction   of   the   National   Labor   Relations   Act,   citing   the First Amendment’s absolute protections of religious freedom. This   exemption   does   NOT   mean   that   teachers   lack   the   right   to form    unions    and    bargain    collectively,    just    that    the    National Labor   Relations   Board   will   not   protect   them   from   those   that might   violate   their   rights.   The   NLRB’s   absence   does   not   absolve the     pastor,     school     board     or     principal     from     the     Bishops’ injunction    that    “All    the    moral    principles    that    govern    the    just operation   of   any   economic   endeavor   apply   to   the   Church   and its    agencies    and    institutions;    indeed    the    Church    should    be exemplary (Economic Justice for All, 1986).” Indeed,   thousands   of   Catholic   Schoolteachers   across   the   United States   have   formed   unions   and   established   mutually   rewarding collective     bargaining     relationships     with     individual     Catholic schools    or    entire    Diocesan    school    systems.    Some    belong    to familiar   unions   affiliated   with   the   AFL-CIO,   while   many   others belong   to   an   independent   union,   the   National   Association   of Catholic School Teachers. Survey- Benefits Non –Union Vs Union some differences:   A    recent    survey    conducted    by    the    AFL-CIO    found    that    union membership   is   a   key   factor   in   whether   a   worker   has   paid   time off.    One    of    the    major    findings    of    the    study    was    that    union members     are     much     more     likely     to     receive     overtime     pay compared   with   their   nonunion   counterparts.   For   example,   66% of    union    members    report    receiving    overtime    for    working    on Labor    Day,    compared    with    only    38%    of    nonunion    members. Furthermore,    the    survey    found    that    79%    of    union    members enjoy   access   to   paid   vacation,   compared   with   68%   of   nonunion members.   Finally,   75%   of   union   members   have   access   to   paid sick leave, compared with only 64% of nonunion members. Source: Long Island Educator C ooking    with    VP    Jerry    Franza: Lamb Chops:   Ingredients: 1 orange 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp rosemary salmon fillets (skin removed) 12 oz. package brussels sprouts 2 tbsp of olive oil 1 tbsp chopped garlic                Steps: 1 . Mix    the    zest    and    juice    of one orange with maple syrup and rosemary 2 . Toss and coat the salmon 3 . Cook   sprouts   in   half   and   cook   them   with   garlic   and   oil   for 6-7 minutes 4 . Cook   the   salmon   for   about   4   to   5   minutes   and   turn   every 2 minutes 5 . Toss the sprouts with the salmon Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s September 2019 Message: Welcome   back!      Hope   you   have had    a    restful    summer    break.      On    behalf    of    the    entire    LFA Board   of    Directors   and   the   LFA Executive   Board,   I   would   like   to wish   you   much   success   in   the new school year. Please   never   hesitate   to   seek advice       from       your       Union Delegate      concerning      Union issues or call the LFA office directly. A   special   welcome   to   the   newly   hired…   May   you   have   a   long   stay with   Local   1261   and   enjoy   the   many   benefits   that   the   LFA   has   to offer.     One    good    teacher    in    a    lifetime    may    sometimes    change    a delinquent into a solid citizen.”                                                                                                                                       Philip Wylie   Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi    

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will

update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

House Democrats, Republicans unite to repeal ObamaCare

'Cadillac Tax' 

An overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House of

Representatives voted Wednesday, July 17, to repeal the

Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac Tax" more than eight

years after the legislation known as "ObamaCare" became law.

The tax would have slapped a 40 percent levy on the value of

health insurance plans above $11,200 for single coverage and

$30,100 for family policies beginning in 2022. Lawmakers kept

delaying the tax's implementation before the House voted 419-6

to repeal it. The margin increases chances that the Senate will

follow the House and send the measure to President Trump for

his signature.

Click here for a link to the story