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Lab Specialists Chapter Newsletter - Fall 2015

Sharon Kletzkin

Sharon Kletzkin

After three months of school, I’m sure you and your students are looking forward to the Thanksgiving break. The month of November has a number of holidays and events that remind us, as U.S. citizens, of all we should be grateful for — Election Day, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. I wish you and your families all the best this holiday season.

Looking ahead, keep an eye out for email updates about our annual safety training for lab specialists in January. It’s important that we maintain our skills, and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in our field. It’s also important to attend chapter meetings. It gives you a chance to have input into the union’s agenda. (See dates, below.)

Feel free to contact me at with any questions or concerns. As your chapter leader, I am proud to support and represent you!


Sharon Kletzkin
Lab Specialists Chapter Leader

Chapter meeting on Dec. 9

Don’t miss the chance to discuss your questions, ideas and issues with fellow lab specialists on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway.

If you have any suggestions for agenda items, email them to me at Refreshments will be served. I look forward to seeing you there!

And, save the dates for the rest of of chapter meetings this year. All meetings are from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway. The dates are:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24
  • Wednesday, March 30
  • Wednesday, April 20
  • Wednesday, May 25
  • Wednesday, June 22

Citywide high school meetings

We encourage our high school members to attend a citywide high school meeting. Every month, educators from academic and Career and Technical Education high schools convene to discuss local, state and national issues that affect our union, profession, schools and students.

Join the conversation at one of these meetings.

  • Manhattan: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4:15 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.
  • Queens: Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 4:15 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd.
  • Brooklyn: Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 4:15 p.m. at the UFT Brooklyn borough office, 335 Adams St.

For more information about Team High School meetings and high school issues, visit the Team High School website.

Free flu shots

UFT members and their dependents, who are covered by New York City health benefits, may receive a free flu vaccination each year.

Find a pharmacy that offers the vaccine.

Nominate a colleague for a Team High School award

The UFT high school division will hold its annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 15, 2016. This event is a great opportunity to honor those who go above and beyond to connect with students, communities and the union. Take a few minutes to nominate a colleague, community member or your school for the UFT Academic High School Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 4.

Submit your nomination online.

Sign up for UFT text messages

The UFT has launched a new text messaging system to deliver important information quickly. We’ll alert you about weather emergencies, school cancellations, political campaigns and breaking news. We promise we won’t bombard you with UFT text messages; we’ll still send most of our messages by email.

To sign up, text “UFT” to 30644 from your mobile phone or fill out the online form.

Assault on unions

I thank those of you who are active in our chapter and who participate at union events. I know your time is valuable and limited. I urge every one of you to let the world know that unionism is alive and well by continuing to participate. We need you! Your voice is vital to the success of our chapter and the UFT.

We’ve been battling the right-wing assault on labor for years, but now a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, threatens to torpedo the financial structure of public-sector unions.

To learn more about this case, read an article from America Works Together or Michael Mulgrew's column from the latest New York Teacher.

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