From impossible choices to improved ventilation

ESP experiences in the pandemic By Dorothy Wigmore It’s not easy being an educational support professional (ESP) in this pandemic. For many ESPs, too often, it’s a hard choice: paychecks…

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Activism gets results

Stories from the front lines By Dorothy Wigmore Ventilation matters, disinfecting less so The Metuchen Education Association has worked with district administrators and its UniServ field Rep, Nancy Grbelja, about…

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Achieving health and safety wins in a pandemic

By Dorothy Wigmore They’re both invisible, usually. One—ventilation—is essential to education unions in this pandemic. The other—how to win changes around the topic—is too. Across the country, activists are inspecting…

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Health and safety committees Knowledge + Action = Change

By Dorothy Wigmore Indoor air quality. Mold. Toxic chemicals. The pandemic. Most school staff face occupational health and safety (OHS) hazards, affecting their physical and mental health, spirits and job…

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We’re open or we’re not open. Now what?

Use the science, and basic principles By Dorothy Wigmore What does “safe” or “healthy” mean for students and staff and their communities during a pandemic? As of press time, it…

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Cleaning to fight COVID-19 in schools and at home

By Dorothy Wigmore The times are fascinating, scary and overwhelming, as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps around the world. Like many other workplaces, schools are closed, and it is not clear,…

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Planning for back to school

Good contract language increases your rights for action By Dorothy Wigmore School may be out, but the pandemic has taught us many things. One is that governments are sometimes slow…

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Asbestos killer dust in your school?

What’s happening, what to do By Dorothy Wigmore For many years, asbestos, the “magic mineral” was used in thousands of products found in homes, workplaces and schools. Starting in the…

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Vaping is hazardous to our health

Especially for youth By Dorothy Wigmore The numbers are disturbing, and they’re getting worse. Millions of middle and high school students in the U.S. now are using e-cigarettes, just as…

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