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Selective Corporate Internship Program

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UFT sponsors skills-building summer internships

Micah Landau

Among the school system’s successful Career and Technical Education initiatives, the Selective Corporate Internship Program (SCIP) on Aug. 11 celebrated its summer high school interns, who demonstrated many of the organizational and business skills that they developed during the summer as working participants paired with area businesses and the UFT.

UFT decries layoff of school support staff

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UFT decries layoff  of school support staffPat Arnow With the city Education Department announcing layoffs of some 800 support staff, including school aides, parent coordinators, lunchroom workers, bus coordinators and others, UFT Secretary Michael Mendel joined City Councilman Charles Barron, Assemblywoman Inez Barron  and nearly a dozen other Council members in decrying the budget-cutting move at a press conference on A

UFT and Visiting Nurse Service team to offer program for members working for VNS

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Nurses' Health and Wellness program

Representatives of the Visiting Nurse Service and the Federation of Nurses/UFT h Cara Metz

Representatives of the Visiting Nurse Service and the Federation of Nurses/UFT helped kick off the new wellness program.

Anne Goldman has her blood test done by VNS/NY nurse Donna Willems. Cara Metz

UFT Special Representative Anne Goldman has her blood test done by VNS/NY nurse Donna Willems.

Michael Bernstein, VNS chief marketing officer, has his blood pressure monitored Cara Metz

Michael Bernstein, VNS chief marketing officer, has his blood pressure monitored by nurse Angela Courtenay, VNS/NY nurse and health services manager.

A pilot “Health and Wellness” program, jointly developed by the Visiting Nurse Service and the Federation of Nurses/UFT, will soon be accessible to all UFT nurses working for the Visiting Nurse Service. The preventive, cost-free program stresses both measuring health and monitoring it. Federation of Nurses/UFT members will have their blood pressure measured, their body mass index calculated and a blood sample fed into a portable testing device to calculate cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels.

School effort rewarded

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Library redesign at PS/IS 127, Queens

Everyone joined in celebrating the opening of the redesigned library at PS/IS 127 in Elmhurst because it took everyone to make it happen. It began with library media specialist Bea Laga, who applied for and won the redesign grant which included not just a new look and reading corner for the library but 250 hard-cover books and two books for each student to take home to begin home libraries. “It took the whole school pulling together to organize the opening celebration,” Laga said.

UFT president speaks at Grady HS graduation

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You can go home again

Miller Photography Mulgrew gives Noor her Shanker Scholarship Award.
Miller Photography Graduates listen to the UFT president’s speech.

It was a pride-filled homecoming on June 27 when UFT President Michael Mulgrew received an award and addressed the graduating students of William E. Grady Career and Technical Education HS, where he taught at-risk kids for 13 years. With flashes of levity in a confidence-building message of encouragement, Mulgrew congratulated the graduates on successfully facing past challenges and prepped them to handle whatever challenges the future might bring. “You are not islands,” he told them. “Each of you achieved what you did with a lot of support from your parents, teachers and your community.

UFT Per Diem Committee meeting

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Summer unemployment insurance discussed

Miller Photography Substitute teacher Joanna Cieszkowska listens as Bloom speaks about unemployment insurance appeals.
Miller Photography Committee Chair Mangone introduces the guest speaker.

Per diem substitute teachers were advised about the eligibility requirements for summer unemployment insurance at a general meeting of the UFT Per Diem Committee at union headquarters on June 16. Members also received information about the appeals process that would follow, in the event it is necessary. Jon Bloom, executive director of the Workers Defense League, an organization that advises all workers on their rights, was the guest speaker. New York State United Teachers Senior Counsel Claude Hersh provided legal direction during the lively question-and-answer period that followed.

UFTers attend Brooklyn Cyclones game

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Here’s the windup ...

Bruce Cotler Alford and some children of UFTers celebrate her first pitch.
Bruce Cotler Donna Coppola (left), chapter leader of PS 14 on Staten Island, her daughters Vanessa and Gianna, and Educational Liaison Debbie Penny enjoy the game.

There were more than enough peanuts and Cracker Jack to go around when approximately 500 UFT members and their children attended a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game at Coney Island’s MCU Park on June 22. Members showed up despite the threat of thunderstorms to watch the home-team Cyclones, a minor league team of the New York Mets, defeat the Aberdeen IronBirds 5-2 during the last full week of the school year. UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford threw out the first pitch during a pregame ceremony.

UFT Runners Committee in Corporate Challenge

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Need for speed

Bruce Cotler

Members of the UFT Runners Committee, including Morea (left) and LaForce (third from right, back row), after the race. View more photos.>>

Bruce Cotler Cloherty crosses finish line.

The UFT was well represented at the 35th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge’s 3.5-mile run in Central Park on June 15. UFT Runners Committee members Brian Cloherty (who finished in 20 minutes, 53 seconds to place 151st), a Francis Lewis HS physical education teacher, and Ricardo Bailey (21:32, 229th place), a Flushing HS attendance teacher, were the top UFT finishers in the field of 16,622 male competitors. More than 20 UFTers competed, including 86-year-old UFT retiree Dominick Morea.

Second annual UFT Bronx borough office Collaboration Awards

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Recognizing teamwork

Bruce Cotler District 8 Representative Carmen Quinones (left) with PS 69 Principal Sheila Durant and Chapter Leader Helen Efstathiou (right).
Bruce Cotler UFT Bronx Special Representative Jeff Huart with PS 33 Chapter Leader Paulette Patterson (left) and Principal Lynette Santos.

As UFT members well know, teamwork between teachers and administrators is key to a school’s success. When principals refuse to work with teachers, schools — and students — suffer. That’s why the union’s Bronx borough office held its second annual Collaboration Awards on June 9 to recognize Bronx chapter leaders and principals who have forged successful partnerships to support their students.

The president visits: MS 180, the Bronx

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Mulgrew speaks with the staff. Bruce Cotler

Mulgrew speaks with the staff. More photos >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew visited MS 180 in Co-op City, the Bronx, on June 9. At the meeting, UFT members asked Mulgrew about the threatened layoffs, contract negotiations and the status of teachers serving in the Absent Teacher Reserve.

Mulgrew speaks with the staff. left: Para Representative Nicole Lloyd (left) andBruce CotlerMulgrew speaks with the staff. left: Para Representative Nicole Lloyd (left) and Delegate Maryalice Blackmore (right) with Mulgrew and Burton.

Chapter Leader Arnold Burton also asked Mulgrew questions provided by the members on topics such as the Department of Education’s ARIS system, the media and school safety.

Music teacher Pete Pauliks shows Mulgrew around the school’s state-of-the-art muBruce CotlerMusic teacher Pete Pauliks shows Mulgrew around the school’s state-of-the-art music technology room.

Following the staff meeting, Mulgrew toured the building with Principal Frank Uzzo.

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