MORE daily bulletin #4, September 11, 2020

UFT members picket outside IS 230 in Queens
  • UFT members at IS 230 in Queens refused to enter their building after learning last night of a COVID-19 positive test result from one of their co-workers.
  • UFT members at MS 88 in Brooklyn wrote an open letter describing the botched response of the Department of Education to the news of a COVID-19 positive result from one of their colleagues.
  • UFT members at Murry Bergtraum High School issued a letter to the Chancellor and UFT President detailing the safety violations in their building and demanding to go fully remote.
  • UFT members at IS 227 in District 30 are planning a parent event for Monday to explain the dangers of in person learning.
  • UFT members at a high school in District 24 are meeting to discuss strategy after hearing of two schools in the neighborhood (District 30) with reported cases where other adults in the building were still being asked to report.
  • The UFT Chapter Leader at FDR High School in Brooklyn has asked the administration to allow the school to be fully remote for PD days. Several union members are drafting an open letter demanding that as well and will share their letter with other District 20 UFT members.
  • Despite historic disorganization of union members at a high school in District 10, UFT members are coming together to organize their chapter and begin to hold chapter meetings.
  • At a high school in District 25 the strike committee has become an ongoing mobilizing committee and will meet today to plan future actions.
  • UFT members at Rachel Carson High School in Brooklyn are preparing their “phone zap” in which they contact politicians and will wear red on Monday as a sign of solidarity.
  • MORE members around the city are continuing to gather signatures on the MORE petition to start the year remotely.
  • MORE members are planning for a coordinated day of action on Monday September 14.
  • MORE members are holding district zoom meetings after work today in Districts 3,4,5,13,14,20,24, and 30 to plan further actions.
  • As of Friday morning at least seventeen schools have reported that a staff member has received a COVID-19 positive test result after working at least one day.
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