In 'Guantanamo 4' Teachers', NYC Teachers and Support Staff come here to spend 7 hours a day for 5 days a week for months and years awaiting a Due Process Hearing for alleged charges of Teacher Misconduct.
1000 NYC Teachers sit in 13 other remotely located but similar type Rubber Rooms throughout NYC. The Rubber Room you see in this video was cited with safety and health violations by the NY State Department of Labors’ Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau in both 2006 and 2007 and is finally scheduled to be shut down this year.
Only 10 Teachers remain there today, however, many other Rubber Rooms throughout the city continue to be used to violate NYC Teachers' basic Human Rights.
Since Mayor Bloomberg was granted Mayoral Control over NYC schools in 2002 and since NYC Teachers' 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement marked a major departure from basic Due Process Rights afforded all other NY State Teachers, Rubber Rooms have been a convenient way to rid the system of hundreds of qualified and dedicated NYC teachers, who are innocent of charges and are in fact; Whistleblowers.
Today, many New York grassroots organizations are working to defeat continued Mayoral Control over NYC schools since Mayor Bloomberg's Tenure over NYC schools is due to sunset at the end of June 2009.
Help us shut down Rubber Rooms in NYC and restore the basic rights of innocent Teachers by shining the public light on Rubber Rooms in a case before our Federal Courts. A 'Wall of Silence' surrounds the issue of the Departments’ use of Rubber Rooms among members of the NY State Legislature which is due to vote on continued Mayoral control within the next two weeks.
Without your help, big money interest will continue to act to control and privatize our schools and overstep basic Human and Civil Rights Laws that have long acted to protect our Teachers, Students and Educational Democracy.
Please visit www.Teachers4JusticeNow.Org today where you can donate to support our Rubber Room Legal Defense Fund and NYC Teachers' Constitutional Right to Life, Liberty and Justice.