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school safety

Chapter leader shoutout | May 2, 2019 >>

Melissa Alvarez, the chapter leader at John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens, used the new dispute resolution process in the DOE-UFT contract to get a speedy response to a safety violation: no teacher assigned to the high school’s SAVE room.

Union resolutions | April 17, 2019 >>

The United Federation of Teachers categorically opposes the use of weapons of any sort against teachers, students, or anyone present in schools in drills or any school-sponsored activities.

News stories | April 4, 2019 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew reminded the Delegate Assembly on March 20 that the new citywide safety standards called for in the DOE-UFT contract are in effect and he urged chapter leaders who hadn’t gotten the necessary training to do so as soon as possible.

President's perspective | April 4, 2019 >>

How do we change the overall climate in our schools to reduce the conflicts that interfere with student learning and make suspensions necessary? Addressing that challenge is the mission of the Positive Learning Collaborative.

Q & A on the issues | March 7, 2019 >>

School safety is a prerequisite for teaching and learning. Here are answers to some of the most common questions that school-based UFT members ask.

News stories | February 7, 2019 >>

It's wise to be mindful of protecting your possessions and items that belong to your school. Here are some tips for safeguarding valuables.


Know your rights | February 7, 2019 >>

You have the right to work in a healthy and safe school building. The UFT’s Safety and Health Department can work with you and your school if you encounter environmental health and safety hazards.

Know your benefits | January 3, 2019 >>

Did you know there’s a place to turn for support — both at and away from your work site — when tragedy strikes?
It’s the Victim Support Program, co-sponsored by the UFT’s Safety and Health Department and the New York City Department of Education.

News | September 4, 2018 >>

Speed cameras are coming back online to ward off dangerous drivers near New York City schools in time for the start of school.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018 >>

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos revealed on June 5 that her commission to study school safety, established in the wake of this year’s series of school shootings, will not study the issue of guns.

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

It was not yet dawn on Saturday, March 24, when 38 students at Martin Van Buren HS in Queens Village boarded a bus bound for Washington, D.C.

Editorials | April 5, 2018 >>

Will this time be different? That’s the question, still unanswered, in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other educators at the Changing School Climate breakfast discussion on March 23 at union headquarters in Manhattan said the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools are proven methods to help students cope with emotional issues and improve school discipline.


President's perspective | April 5, 2018 >>

We’re living through an amazing moment. It’s clear that our elected officials in Washington, D.C., have abdicated their responsibility when it comes to gun violence, but students are taking the lead to advocate for their own safety amid this epidemic.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018 >>

The UFT will stand with anti-gun violence activists, including the brave and outspoken students of New York City and Parkland, to make this country a safer place and will work with advocates and students across this country to make needed changes happen.

Op-Eds | March 19, 2018 >>

The thousands of New York City students who walked out of their classrooms on March 14 to honor those murdered in the Parkland, Florida mass-shooting didn’t ask for Kevlar vests or gun-toting teachers. They do want adults to do the hard work to make their schools safe — to stand up to the national gun lobby, but also to arm staff with knowledge, such as how to create safe school environments, and to train them in how to recognize and de-escalate potentially violent situations.

Press releases | March 14, 2018 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the student walkouts in many New York City public schools in response to gun violence.

News | March 8, 2018 >>

In response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, young people nationwide, including many New York City public school students, are planning to walk out of school for 17 minutes — one for every person killed — at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 to protest the U.S. Congress’ inaction.

Editorials | March 1, 2018 >>

In the immediate aftermath of the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 that took 17 lives, many people were shocked and tearful — and resigned to nothing changing with respect to gun laws.

Editorial cartoons | March 1, 2018 >>

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