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Topics in the News:
Around the UFT | December 16, 2010 >>
Peace may be elusive, but educators and community members in the Bronx are hard at work bringing a measure of peace to their borough’s school system. That’s why, on Nov. 20, they hosted “A Day of Peace” for parents, students and educators at the UFT’s Bronx borough office.
National education and labor news | November 11, 2010 >>
Not only are bullying and harassment antisocial, intolerable and dangerous, they’re also against the law, the Obama administration warned in issuing guidelines for educators on how to address the problems.
News stories | March 18, 2010 >>
What if you could prevent school violence before it occurs? That’s the idea behind a new hotline, announced at a March 1 press conference held by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The Council-sponsored hotline, called “Speak Up — Save Lives,” will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be staffed by professional crisis counselors.
News stories | November 26, 2009 >>
“We need to make sure that every school has a functioning, collaborative safety plan in place. I’m here to tell you they do not,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the City Council at a Nov. 10 hearing.
Testimony | November 10, 2009 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the City Council Committees on Education, Public Safety & Juvenile Justice on Nov. 10. "Health and safety is a fundamental priority and a fundamental right of all those who work in or attend our schools," he said, "and providing students and school personnel with a safe and secure learning environment is something we all take very, very seriously. The UFT is heavily invested in this issue, with health and safety personnel stationed in all five boroughs and field teams and counselors who are in schools every day."
News stories | October 29, 2009 >>
School nurses will be on the frontlines of a large, new program to administer flu vaccine for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus this fall to all elementary school students whose parents have given written consent, Chapter Chair Pat Ross said.
News stories | October 15, 2009 >>
Under persistent pressure and legal threats from the UFT, the Department of Education has finally complied with the requirements of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard that calls for employers to take specific measures to prevent or reduce worker exposure to blood and other infectious body fluids in the workplace.
Testimony | October 13, 2009 >>
UFT Special Rep Anne Goldman, RN, and Chris Proctor Industrial Hygienist of the UFT Health and Safety Department testified before the NYS Assembly Standing Committees on Heath, Labor & Education on the monitoring and prevention of the H1N1 Influenza in health care settings, schools and workplaces.
Testimony | September 17, 2009 >>
UFT representatives testified on H1N1 virus preparedness and prevention for the 2009-10 school year.
News stories | September 17, 2009 >>
In preparation for a possible new outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus in the schools this fall, the UFT, working with the DOE and the Department of Health, has created a comprehensive new protocol for schools to follow.
Press releases | August 27, 2009 >>
The State Education Department on Aug. 27 released its list of schools deemed “persistently dangerous” under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Fourteen New York City schools were removed from the list while another eight were added. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “School safety is a high priority of the UFT... and we have worked very collaboratively with the DOE and NYPD to identify and deal with issues.”