Saturday, October 10, 2009
Teacher fired for asking for tests on toxic school
TERMINATED TEACHER ASKS FOR NEW LABOR SECRETARY NOMINATION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA
A New York City School Teacher Who Requested Air Quality Testing in His Elementary School, and Was Terminated, Requests That the New Federal Labor Secretary Be Chosen from the New York City Central Labor Council
An elementary teacher was terminated retroactively by the Department of Education while awaiting a toxic vapor intrusion study on his school located near a State Spill Site. The fourteen year veteran and adjunct professor in literacy studies had been waiting for the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) protected data on vapor intrusion for his school since he left the building in 2003 and was obliged to go to the State Queens Supreme Court where his case is presently before the honorable Judge Kevin Kerrigan.
The teacher has requested his elected representatives in Congress to withdraw the nomination of the New York State Labor Commissioner for President Obama’s Secretary of Labor for failing to enforce Federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) laws in New York City for teachers and failing to support environmental whistleblowers. The leadership of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn, has called for a complete whistleblower investigation while Councilman and Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio has requested an investigation by the Education Committee if the Council.
More than eight million dollars has been dedicated to prevent groundwater from entering PS 7 in Elmhurst, Queens and to replace the air conditioning system.
The teacher reported that “The public needs to know that schools are being built at unsafe locations and that there are no local or State government agencies protecting teachers and children from industrial vapors in these schools.”