We reported last evening on plaintiffs in a lawsuit led by UFT Solidarity being granted a Temporary Restraining Order to be permitted to work remotely from home.
The Temporary Restraining Order:
ORDERED that Petitioners’ motion for a temporary restraining order is GRANTED
solely to the extent that Respondents may not compel Petitioners to report to work in person, may not deny them the ability to work remotely, and may not deny or deduct salary and/or leave time for remote work until further order of the Court; and it is further
ORDERED that this TRO applies only to the named Petitioners; and it is further
ORDERED that counsel for the parties shall forthwith confer regarding their immediate availability for an expedited remote hearing on the preliminary injunction and call the Court at 10 a.m. on September 15, 2020 to discuss the logistics of the hearing.
The parties met earlier today. It was agreed that new petitioners can join the case. You have until Thursday night to complete an affidavit stating why you are uncomfortable returning to school buildings and how you should be able to work remotely. Then, pay a $250 fee. The case will be heard on Friday in Manhattan.
From attorney Bryan Glass:
I really think this case has the potential to expose a rift between City, UFT, and individual teachers as I begin to think through the consequences of this...I am suggesting any NYC educator who wants to join at this point prepare an affidavit explaining why they are not comfortable returning and seek to intervene as part of our reply papers. This will be a true social experiment about the effect of the coronavirus on individual decision-making if nothing else...
Email Lydia Howrilka at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. You can also email us at email@example.com if you want to get involved but do not procrastinate. This has to be done by Thursday.
Coverage of the case is on News 12 Brooklyn.