PS29 Construction

UPDATE: UFT ASKED TO SUPPORT POSTPONEMENT OF ASBESTOS ABATEMENT/RAKING WORK

Posted by: admin on: April 25, 2012

TO: THE UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

We are the community of PS 29 in Brooklyn, where a major and potentially hazardous construction project has been underway since March of this year, and we are writing in the hopes that the UFT will support our mission: 

A change to NYC school construction policy such that all dust-producing/asbestos-
removing/lead-exposing work should be done only during summer months and extended vacations.

 Since the project began, we have seen that the current NYC school construction policy puts the health of our children and educators at risk.

 To us, this is unacceptable.  We hope you feel the same way.

 Thus far, Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott have refused to bend despite our demonstrating that the School Construction Authority (SCA) has cut corners and not followed the specific codes laid out in the 100-page procedural document they cited to us.  We will provide additional details shortly.

On Monday, April 23, 2012, at PS 29 in Brooklyn we held a rally and succeeded in delaying an asbestos abatement process that was announced to occur only three days prior to its scheduled date.  

The SCA stated that the delay was “due to weather,” but we believe it was due to our activism.

We began an online protest last week — prior to the asbestos abatement announcement — because due to a process called “raking” significant amounts of dust that one doctor among us called “bad dust” were accumulating in and around active classrooms.

Our petition has nearly 500 signatures: BLOOMBERG! ISSUE A STOP WORK ORDER

THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT ONE SCHOOL.  
THE CURRENT POLICY OF LAX CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT AFFECTS EVERY SCHOOL IN THE NYC SYSTEM.

The next step is this Thursday, April 26th at the PS 29 PTA meeting, 425 Henry Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Representatives from SCA and The NYC School Chancellor’s office, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and City Councilmember Brad Lander are slated to attend. 

Our demand is that the SCA postpone asbestos abatement and dust-producing work until the summer.  Your voices, on behalf of teachers, can help postpone the construction at PS 29 in the name of safety.  You can also help us to broaden awareness of the SCA’s antiquated construction policy as it affects all schools, students and educators.

Will you join us?

 

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