From his minutes of President Mulgrew's report:
We believe 26 UFT members have died of COVID, but sadly that number will not stay the same.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families who lost someone.
Of course, none of our representatives on the Board asked any of the very tough questions:
1-How many of those 26 worked in DOE schools? Retirees and hospital nurse deaths are a tragedy but there is nothing that the UFT could have done as far as I can tell to prevent any of these horrible deaths.
2-How many of those 26 worked in schools on March 17, 18 or 19 when the UFT refused to protect their members by telling them in no uncertain terms to stay out of schools that at this time were giant petri-dishes? UFTers were doing professional development that week that could have been done from home.
3- How many of those 26 worked the week of March 9 in schools where the UFT admitted they knew there were COVID-19 cases but didn't tell members to leave unsafe buildings?
To be fair, I'm not sure I could have asked these difficult questions tonight. That said, I doubt the UFT's Executive Board that has zero opposition will ever ask these or any tough questions and they need to be asked. That is why democracies need opposition. The UFT Executive Board will hold responsible who Mulgrew tells them to.
The UFT in my view is as responsible as Cuomo, de Blah Blah or the DOE for anyone who caught the virus in schools in March after the UFT was aware there was COVID-19 in schools and refused to tell members forcefully to stay out.
There is a gofundme for Kimarle Nguyen, one of our colleagues who has died. Condolences to the Nguyen family and her school community.