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New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade - A New FUSE Tradition

As you know, FUSE participated for the first time ever in the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade. We have received an outpouring of positive comments from staff and community members alike. Thank you to  all who participated and helped make this such a success. It is our hope that FUSE participation will become a longstanding tradition!

Negotiations Update



The building visits have concluded and been very productive. FUSE has used the information from these meetings, along with the many suggestions sent directly to us, to produce an extensive list of items for consideration by the Negotiations Team. 


The newly formed Negotiations Team had its first meeting on November 9. They have also scheduled regular meetings to properly prepare for formal negotiations with the District.


FUSE is grateful to the negotiations committee members for their time and willingness to serve.  


Negotiations Committee


Cheryl Smith, Chairperson

Cory Binenbaum

Tammi Carey

William Coleman

Deanna Deluca 

Lauren Jackson

Ann Marie Manganiello

Nazar Rabadi

Tania Syriaque



Tuesdays are FUSEdays! Please continue to wear your FUSE gear to show solidarity. This is especially important during a contract year. Continue to share pictures of you and your colleagues proudly wearing your FUSE gear!

FUSE Merch is Available!

The FUSE Store

will be OPEN until Jan 1, 2023
 FUSE is the access code

Retirement Reminder

Under the current contract, pedagogic staff who intend to retire must submit their letter to the district no later than January 1, 2023 in order to be compensated for unused sick days. 


The retirement requirements for Staff Related Professionals remain unchanged.  They can retire at any time, but must provide four (4) months notice in order to be compensated for unused sick days.


Click on this link for additional information that you will need to help you with this process.


Meetings with Human Resources

If you receive an email or letter from Human Resources, requesting a meeting, DO NOT PANIC. 


There are many reasons for a meeting to be requested.  It is strongly suggested you contact Mary Claire Breslin at the FUSE office to discuss why a meeting is necessary. The FUSE office number is 914-636-7999.


COVID-19 Updates

Under New York State law, employees are entitled to paid leave to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Employees are eligible for up to four (4) hours of paid leave per vaccine injection, which includes COVID-19 booster shots. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees for receiving COVID vaccinations and cannot require employees to use existing paid time off to cover the absence. However, this law expires on December 31, 2022.


Absences should be entered in AESOP under COVID HALF DAY - VACCINE.


Please note that if you test positive for COVID-19, log your absence in AESOP as SICK BUCKET - SICK - COVID RELATED. In addition, you must email healthtracking@nredlearn.org (formerly trackingnurse@nredlearn.org).



As employees, almost all conditions affecting our professional environment, working conditions, and pension rights are determined by the actions of the New York State Legislature, the Governor, and the U.S. Congress. If we wish to have a positive influence on our professional future, we must take an active part in the political process.  You can make your voice heard, and at the same time, make an investment in your future, by contributing to VOTE-COPE, NYSUT’s political action fund.


The New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees is now conducting its VOTE-COPE drive. Building representatives will reach out to members with contributor cards and be happy to answer questions about VOTE-COPE. You can also learn more about VOTE-COPE here. 


Members who already contribute are asked to check their deductions on their pay stubs to determine the amount they already contribute and consider an increase by $.25 - $1.00 per paycheck. You have the right not to contribute without reprisal and will not be favored or disadvantaged because you have exercised this right.


The members of FUSE Leadership have already made their contributions and now encourage you to do the same. Your contribution will show your commitment to a sustained effort for better education. We are looking for 100% participation, and no amount is too small. 


A contribution to VOTE-COPE is an investment in yourself and your future. Thank you for your consideration.

Get Active For Public Education

Get Active for Public Education


If last week's election has shown us anything, it's that now — more than ever — we need to recommit ourselves to what we know: Public Schools Unite Us.

As the 2023 Legislative Session gears up, help supercharge our advocacy on behalf of public education by encouraging friends and family to join you as a MAC-tivist.

Share our MAC-tivist signup form on social media with at least three people. It only takes a few clicks to make a big difference!

Over the next several weeks, everyone who has signed up will have the chance to tell us directly which issues you care about and believe are the most pressing for public education.

Activism takes just a few seconds, but the results can be astonishing. The more voices we have, the better our elected officials will hear us!

*If you are not on Facebook, tell your friends and family that taking action on the MAC can happen on almost any web connected device and takes literally seconds. 

Get Involved

The Teen Boutique

The Sharing Shelf will once again host the Teen Boutique at New Rochelle High School on January 31, 2023.  Approximately 100 eligible high school students will be invited to shop discreetly for what they need.


In an effort to prepare for this event, New Rochelle FUSE is holding a new clothing drive.  The following items are needed and all collected donations will be available at the Teen Boutique:



Winter Hats


Leggings (adult sizes needed in extra small to large)

Joggers (adult sizes needed in small to large)

Feel free to shop on your own or simply use the links provided.  Donations can be dropped off at the FUSE Office, sent to the FUSE office via the pony, or shipped directly to:


New Rochelle FUSE

270 North Avenue, Suite 809

New Rochelle, NY 10801


All donations must be received by Tuesday,  January 24, 2023. 


Please check our Amazon Wish List. If you don't want to purchase through Amazon, please check it out anyway to see some of the things we need. Linked below are two other sites that have specials going on right now.



Old Navy






News from NYSUT
peer support line
Life is complicated, but NYSUT Member Benefits can help.

The Peer Support Line is a new service available through NYSUT Member Benefits offered at no cost to all NYSUT members and their families.

This confidential helpline -- staffed by trained in-service and retired individuals who understand the unique professional and personal challenges of NYSUT members -- can provide answers, resources, and empathetic support when you need it.

Learn More:
For more information or to speak with someone at the Peer Support Line, call toll-free 844-444-0152.

The Peer Support Line can assist with utilizing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits, along with finding information and referrals for professional assistance within your community.

This service can help with the following topics and more:

• Finding mental health services or support groups
• Locating Medicare/Medicaid resources
• Managing work-related stress

• Providing support to new members
• Sourcing elder care or caregiving services
• Assisting with marital, relationship, or child rearing concerns

• Reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness
• Accessing services for individuals with disabilities
• Finding help for victims of violence
• Managing planned or unexpected hospitalizations

Don’t go it alone. When stressful situations arise, look to the Peer Support Line to speak with trained peer support specialists who will lend a caring ear and connect you with community resources that can make a difference for you and your family.

Contact the Peer Support Line at 844-444-0152.

The Peer Support Line is a partnership between NYSUT Social Services, Member Benefits, and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

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