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Three M New Teacher Event

Learning what it’s like to be union

Staff from Madison, Midwood and Murrow high schools pack the Madison HS library.Jonathan FickiesStaff from Madison, Midwood and Murrow high schools pack the Madison HS library.

Madison HS teacher Lorraine Deacy, in her first year as a high school teacher, pJonathan FickiesMadison HS teacher Lorraine Deacy, in her first year as a high school teacher, picks up information. New members at three large high schools in Brooklyn had the opportunity to learn more about their union on Oct. 25 at Madison HS. Dubbed the “Three M New Teacher Event” for the three schools joining forces for the occasion — Madison, Midwood and Murrow — it was a fitting way to welcome the many new educators among them. Together, the three schools — which boast more than 11,000 students and more than 600 staff members — have had 90 new educators join their staffs this year. “It was a great opportunity to show our new people what the UFT has to offer and let them learn what it’s like to be a union member,” said Maria Bucca, the chapter leader at Madison HS, who helped organize the event. New members had the opportunity to mingle with each other and ask questions of representatives from various UFT departments about topics ranging from safety and health to pension and certification. “They were able to hear each other’s questions, too, which helped, because sometimes new members don’t even know what questions to ask,” said Bucca. Jason Greenbaum, a new math teacher at Midwood HS, said the event was a “one-stop shop” for learning about a variety of issues. “I was able to learn about my tax-deferred annuity and health benefits within minutes of finding out about school safety issues,” he said. “Being able to meet and talk to new teachers in different schools was nice, so the event was beneficial on more than one level.”

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