1199 Prez: NYC Should Continue Remote Learning Until We Can Ensure Classrooms are Safe

August 19, 2020

New York, NY - George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU, today released the following statement regarding the reopening of New York City’s schools after months of remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought much of New York City to a standstill, but 1199ers worked and are still working around the clock to care for their patients, while also making sure their children are safe and healthy.

“While New York City is no longer the epicenter of the virus, we know that we are far from post-COVID. Our priority must be to protect our children, while also ensuring that they receive the instruction they need to continue to develop academically.

“I stand with United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew in calling for New York City to continue remote learning until we can ensure that our students can safely go back into the classroom.”


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