Archive for December 22nd, 2021

Mulgrew’s Delayed Response

Today on television, UFT President Michael Mulgrew made a statement about COVID in our schools. Why did it take him so long to come forward? In the last five days alone there were over 3,000 cases of infection in the schools. In just one day -on December 16 there were a total of 571 confirmed cases, including 336 students and 195 teachers, with 374 classroom closures. The data from the DOE clearly shows that since the start of school on Sept. 13 there have been 21,175 cases of COVID. The media has been showing teachers and staff at several schools  demonstrating in front of their schools highlighting unsafe conditions. So the question stands- why didn’t Mulgrew sound the alarm and advocate for his members when everyone could see what was happening? Why wasn’t he listening to his District Reps and Chapter Leaders who were surely communicating with him? And why did he wait until after the United for Change coalition issued a statement on the COVID crisis before speaking out?

Michael Shulman, Chair, New Action/UFT

New Action Member Speaks out on COVID Safety

If you read OSHA’s mission statement you will discover that this governmental agency was set up to ensure the workplace is safe for all. While doing my research it was not clear whether or not our unsafe schools (in case you forgot, Covid is rampant in our schools) was covered by OSHA. However, I came to learn New York State operates an OSHA-approved state plan “covering only state and local government workers.” I would love to know why the  Union leadership (that is you, Mr. Mulgrew), and your staff of attorneys isn’t filing a complaint to close schools. The pandemic is raging. School staff and students are getting sick and are at great peril. As the numbers rise exponentially, where is the Union to protect staff? Rome is burning, Mr. Mulgrew. Spend a little less time with the movers and shakers of NYC  politics and more time instructing your attorneys to file a complaint with the NY State OSHA approved agency.

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December 2021