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Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter Newsletter - Spring 2016

It is with great pleasure I bring to you our chapter’s spring newsletter. With the incoming UPK Nurse and Therapy Supervisors, our chapter is growing and our members are increasing the services we provide to NYC’s children.

I urge you to attend chapter meetings and become more active in union activities. It’s also a good idea to regularly check the UFT website for important information related to educators’ concerns.

In 2015, the UFT won a grievance to recoup sick time for supervisors who lost days in their CAR when they converted from staff nurse or therapist to a supervisory title. The titles have different workdays. When CyberShift, the automated time and attendance system, converted CAR days to hours and minutes, new supervisors lost banked CAR days. This victory benefited a good number of our chapter members and we thank the UFT Grievance Department for their efforts and diligence on our behalf. 

I want to thank Director of School Nursing Catherine Travers, who listened to the complaints I brought to her from you about your parking difficulties. She arranged for the issuance of parking permits to nearly all our nurse supervisors this year and this has made school visits easier for us!

If you have any ideas about the chapter you’d like to share with me, please email me at

Thank you for this second opportunity to support you by serving as your chapter leader.


Mary Jo Ginese
Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter Leader

Functional Chapter Weekend

(From left) Patricia Ross-Spiller, Amy Coopersmith, Sean Prowell and Delinda Mascolo at the UFT Functional Chapter Weekend.

Four of our chapter’s members joined me at the UFT Functional Chapter Weekend held Feb. 27-28 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. They were nurse supervisors Pat Ross-Spiller and Delinda Mascolo, and OT supervisors Sean Prowell and Amy Coopersmith.

The weekend provided time to network with colleagues as well as other functional chapter members. During workshops, we found that our union colleagues have similar challenges to ours, and they have realized the important role our union plays in fighting to retain our rights and benefits and make our voice heard in the workplace. 

Prowell reported that the speakers provided “valuable information that is usually not readily available.” The workshops focused on many topics including investigations, workplace bullying and grievances. 

Plenary sessions with UFT political director Paul Egan and President Michael Mulgrew were enlightening. For example, did you know that New York state traditionally has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the nation?

Mulgrew addressed member concerns about upcoming changes in the GHI plan, and assuaged our concerns. He also spoke about the crucial need for all union members to become active unionists to ensure our voices are heard in a political climate that seeks to unravel our collective bargaining rights.

NYSUT school-related professionals (SRP) conference

NYSUT’s School-Related Professionals Leadership Conference is held each autumn in upstate New York to address statewide issues affecting school-related professionals. The UFT sends members from each functional chapter for this opportunity to meet school-related professionals from all over the state. I look forward to inviting two new supervisors to the conference in 2016. I will contact you when registration is open to see who among you is interested in attending.

  • What: 38th annual NYSUT SRP Leadership Conference
  • When: Oct. 21–23
  • Where: The Hilton Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY

Keep an eye on the NYSUT website for details.

Supervisors' chapter seminar

After last year’s success, we are again hosting our second all-day seminar on Saturday, April 16 at UFT headquarters, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The day will start out with a continental breakfast, and include a hot buffet lunch and a surprise gift! Please sign up now by emailing Patricia Ross at no later than Friday, April 15.

Seminar topics include:

  • How to inspire people to go the extra mile
  • How to bring people together and build team spirit
  • The importance of taking corrective rather than punitive action

Pension meeting

This year, our collective pension consultation meeting is on June 2 at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. If you would like to get an estimate of what your pension might be, please submit your name and BERS # or employee ID number no later than May 1 to Patricia Ross at We cannot accommodate requests after May 1.

Don't miss out on the UFT's Spring Education Conference

Registration is now open for the UFT’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown. The conference offers a morning panel, exciting workshops, innovative exhibits and a gala luncheon. I hope to see all of you there!

Don’t wait to register. The deadline is Friday, April 15. For more details and to register, see the event listing »

UFT elections are coming up in May

The UFT will hold elections in May for officers, delegates and executive board members. You will be mailed a ballot on May 5 and they are due back to the American Arbitration Association by May 25. Please make your voice heard and vote in your union elections. If you have any questions, contact Amy Arundell at 212-510-6468 or

Health and wellness news: New immunization requirements

The NYS legislature has passed new immunization requirements and they go into effect as of Sept. 1, 2016. The meningococcal vaccine will be required for students entering grade 7 with a booster shot administered to 12th-grade students.

Meningococcal meningitis is a deadly disease that can be spread by saliva droplets through kissing or drinking from the same glass. Ten to 15 percent or those who get meningococcal disease die. Of those who survive, one in five will suffer permanent disabilities including hearing loss, brain damage, kidney damage or limb amputations.

This is not a new vaccine, and most parents already choose to vaccinate their kids. We supported this requirement because we believe it will save lives as well as prevent much suffering. For more information about the new requirement, see the flier.

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