Hunter College Campus Schools Safe Return

Updated: October 20, 2020
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Teachers and staff represented by the PSC at the Hunter College Campus Schools wanted to return to in-person teaching in buildings that have been proven safe with adequate health and safety protocols. They pressed all summer for a voice in their schools' reopening plan and called for independent inspection of the ventilation system of their fortress-like building with windowless classrooms and a history of poor ventilation.

The Hunter Schools administrators pressed ahead with flawed plans to reopen their schools for in-person instruction. The teachers’ key demand was for an independent safety inspection. After an intense campaign that included an 85% “yes” vote on strike authorization and much subsequent negotiating, CUNY allowed independent inspections of the HCCS building at 94th Street and the Silberman School of Social Work where 9th and 10th grade classes are being held this fall.

Because of the teachers' advocacy and the support of their union, the HCCS teachers and students are protected by important new safety protocols, including regular COVID testing, safety inspections, containment of dangerous mold, and a temporary restraining order that impelled Hunter to install HEPA air filters in classrooms.

The teachers are continuing to push for a structure of continuing labor/management meetings to address safety problems as they arise.


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