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UFT statement on federal judges allowing vaccine mandate to take effect

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to a federal panel's ruling that the DOE could begin enforcing its vaccine mandate.

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UFT on principals' union call for a delay in the implementation of the vaccine mandate

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Mark Cannizzaro's call for the DOE to delay implementation of the vaccine mandate for employees due to staffing issues.

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Statement by Municipal Labor Committee Chair Harry Nespoli on vaccination ruling

Municipal Labor Committee Chair Harry Nespoli issued a statement in response to a judge's decision to lift the temporary restraining order on the city's vaccine mandate for employees.

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UFT on changes to school testing and quarantine policy

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that schools would resume weekly COVID testing and that unvaccinated students would no longer automatically quarantine after exposure to a positive case.

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UFT calls on mayor to restore weekly COVID testing

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to restore weekly COVID testing in schools.

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Statement by Municipal Labor Committee Chair Harry Nespoli in vaccine mandate case

New York State Supreme Court Judge Laurence Love today signed a temporary restraining order in the case brought by the Municipal Labor Committee against the city’s mandate of COVID vaccines for all city workers.

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Arbitrator rules city must offer non-classroom work to teachers with Covid vaccination medical/religious exemptions

An independent arbitrator has ruled that New York City teachers with certain documented medical conditions must be offered non-classroom assignments. Other staffers reluctant to take the vaccine must be offered either an unpaid leave that maintains their health coverage, or a severance package.

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REJECTED: City begins denying medical accommodations for deserving teachers

The city’s Department of Education has suddenly begun a “get-tough” policy refusing medical accommodations for teachers with serious illnesses, including those recovering from cancer or from organ transplants, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced today.

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UFT’s carbon dioxide monitors give teachers independent check on classroom air quality

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, greeting teachers today on the first day back to school for DOE employees, announced that the UFT had purchased 70 classroom carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors, giving UFT staffers the ability to independently check the carbon dioxide levels in occupied classrooms.

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UFT says city refuses to negotiate medical or religious accommodations to vaccine mandate

The United Federation of Teachers today charged that New York City’s recent unilateral imposition of a “no exceptions” COVID vaccine mandate for all educators violates federal and state law and the teachers’ contract.