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Members leaflet across the city

MS 158 art teacher Mario Asaro (right) finds an interested commuter.Dave SandersMS 158 art teacher Mario Asaro (right) finds an interested commuter.

A contingent of 30 UFT members from MS 158 and PS 31 in Queens handed out leaflets on March 28 at the Bayside train station to protest the mayor’s layoff threats. By the afternoon’s end, the group had handed out some 1,500 leaflets, estimates District 26 Representative Mary Vaccaro. “The commuters were really receptive and completely on our side,” Vaccaro said.

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Armed with signs and fliers are (from left) Helena Robles, Denise Green and ChriMiller PhotographyArmed with signs and fliers are (from left) Helena Robles, Denise Green and Chris Doyle of PS 154, Bill Woodruff and Amelia Anderson of PS 31, and Karen Marcelo of MS 203.

More than 40 educators handed out 1,000 leaflets and 500 heart pins at the bustling intersection at 149th Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx on March 24. The event, called “Have a Heart,” was part of the UFT’s campaign to alert the public that the mayor does not need to lay off any teachers when the city has a $3 billion budget surplus. The message, according to District 7 Representative Pat Filomena, was “Mr. Mayor, have a heart — no layoffs.” “We got a tremendous reception,” Filomena said.

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Michael Eiron (left) of PS 93 comes across retired physical education teacher JaBruce CotlerMichael Eiron (left) of PS 93 comes across retired physical education teacher Jack Levine as he passes out fliers.

Around 75 Bronx educators from Districts 8 and 11 handed out leaflets protesting teacher layoffs outside the Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza on March 17. The leaflets call on the mayor to “stop playing games with our kids’ education” and to “stop lying about the need for layoffs.” “Parents, teachers and children joined together to reach out to the people who will be affected by educational cuts and layoffs,” said District 8 Representative Carmen Quinones. District 11 Representative Alice Cooper-Jackson said the day was very successful. “The community responded positively because many of them are city workers and are facing the same challenges we are,” she said, referring to the residents of nearby Co-Op City.

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