Mercury-laced floors don’t belong in schools

By Dorothy Wigmore “One, two, three, four. We don’t want the mercury floor.” That’s essentially the message more and more New Jersey school staff, their union and community-based advocates are…

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Get the word out: Check those gym floors for mercury

By Dorothy Wigmore "Local leaders should ask the administration about those rubberized floors," says Tracie Yostpille. "If you have them, they need to be tested." As president of Freehold Township…

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Stressed out in this pandemic? You’re not alone

By Dorothy Wigmore The evidence is in. The pandemic is taking a huge toll on education workers’ mental health. Physical health is next. Recent surveys in New Jersey, Canada and…

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Get all the lead out

It’s way overdue! By Dorothy Wigmore School drinking water. “Building back better.” Environmental racism. They’re all involved in accelerating efforts to “get the lead out.” They’ve been helped by calls…

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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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Vaccinations promote school nurses’ role

But health and safety questions must be addressed By Dorothy Wigmore Asking questions is important these days. Many deal with pandemic health and safety issues for education staff and students.…

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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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Read more about the article All in this together?
In August, Lakewood EA member Andrea Levine, joined other members of NJ21United, a coalition of educators and New Jersey residents, outside the governor’s office in Trenton to advocate for financial relief for families that would enable students to remain safely at home during the pandemic.

All in this together?

Pandemic widens inequities By Dorothy Wigmore “We’re all in this together,” was the message in March. But it soon became clear the pandemic ocean has different boats. Some people are…

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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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