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Info you should know | May 15, 2014 >>
UFT members who volunteered in shelters during Hurricane Sandy and were not paid for all hours worked have won their right to be paid, thanks to a union-initiated grievance.
Editorials | May 15, 2014 >>
The proposed contract reflects the importance of having a negotiating partner in City Hall who understands and respects the work that UFT members do, both in and out of the classroom. It’s a striking difference from the modus operandi of the previous administration.
Kerri Walsh had always loved living near the water. Her house in Breezy Point had once been her grandparents’ summer vacation cottage, and Walsh, the literacy coach at Channel View School for Research in Rockaway Park, had lived on the same block for nearly 20 years.So when Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Rockaways, Walsh was devastated.
Imagine returning to the house you’ve lived in for 15 years and finding it utterly destroyed. What would you do? If you were Fiorella Raimondi, a 2nd-grade teacher and the chapter leader at PS 20 on Staten Island, you’d dig in, rebuild and start over. And you’d do it with an amazing sense of gratitude toward your colleagues and neighbors.
Walk through the hallways at PS/MS 105 in Far Rockaway and you would never suspect that anything terrible had happened here. Yet just one year ago, this large K-8 school was among the hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy and is still, in fact, in the process of rebuilding from the storm.
New teacher profiles | November 14, 2013 >>
Michael Cestaro's advocacy as a chapter leader at Rockway Park HS for Environmental Sustainability took on greater meaning after Hurricane Sandy devastated his school building and the homes of his students and colleagues.
Around the UFT | November 14, 2013 >>
Flowers bloomed and spirits brightened on Oct. 26 at PS 197 in Far Rockaway, where students, families and staff teamed up with Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Foundation to breathe much-needed life back into the school grounds after Hurricane Sandy tore through the neighborhood last year.
News stories | September 26, 2013 >>
More than 600 students, parents, teachers, elected officials and community members from a Staten Island shore neighborhood still recovering from Hurricane Sandy packed a Community Education Council meeting at IS 2 on Sept. 16 to slam plans to have a new district middle school share the school’s building starting next fall.
Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>
District 21 dedicated its 30th annual UFT Scholarship Dinner Dance on May 21 to those in the community who helped one another in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Feature stories | May 30, 2013 >>
PS 188, one of the UFT’s six community learning schools, buzzes with projects and services, a source of life and recovery for Coney Island.
News stories | March 21, 2013 >>
In testimony at a Feb. 26 City Council hearing, DOE officials indicated that getting reimbursement for the $175 million already spent to get schools up and running after Hurricane Sandy has been slow. So far FEMA has visited only eight of the 50 severely damaged schools, the initial step in the reimbursement process.
News stories | March 21, 2013 >>
Department of Education employees who worked in evacuation shelters during Hurricane Sandy have been waiting months for payment for the hours that they worked.
Around the UFT | March 21, 2013 >>
At PS 299 in Bushwick, the 3rd-graders raised money to help families made homeless by Hurricane Sandy, while a 4th-grade class organized a can drive for Sandy victims.
Around the UFT | February 28, 2013 >>
Wanting to do something special for the children of PS 38, which took a pounding from Hurricane Sandy, the staff of the UFT borough office on Staten Island organized a bowling and pizza party.
Testimony | February 26, 2013 >>
UFT Staten Island Borough Representative Emil Pietromonaco testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education.
Feature stories | February 14, 2013 >>
Students and staff from an elementary school in Mahopac in Putnam County arrived at PS 39 on Staten Island on Jan. 31 to donate 4,000 books to students from that school and nearby PS 38 and PS 41, whose neighborhoods bore the brunt of the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Vperspective | January 31, 2013 >>
The world is unfortunately filled with stress and, much as we would like to shield young children from it, there is no magic wand. This past fall, we shared the trauma inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated some of our school communities and affected everyone throughout the area in one way or another.
Around the UFT | January 17, 2013 >>
In Far Rockaway, the Refuge Church of Christ served as a base for UFT members volunteering in the cleanup and debris removal. UFT President Michael Mulgrew attended Dec. 16 church services and presented a plaque to the pastor, Bishop Leroy Joseph, in recognition of the congregation’s invaluable aid “in partnership with the UFT.”
Secure your future | January 17, 2013 >>
The UFT, the AFT and our allies were successful in lobbying the Internal Revenue Service to relax its rules and allow members who were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy to take loans and hardship withdrawals from their Tax-Deferred Annuity, their 401(k) and other tax-sheltered retirement savings accounts.
Feature stories | January 17, 2013 >>
At a UFT knitting jamboree to highlight the Hurricane Sandy Relief Scarf Campaign — 1,000 Scarves to Warm the Soul, serious and fledgling knitters and crocheters, men and women, young and old gathered at union headquarters on Dec. 17 to put their hands and skills to work.