‘I don’t feel safe’: Faculty and staff rally for safer conditions at Medgar Evers College
Over two dozen faculty and staff members rallied outside Medgar Evers College Tuesday to call out what they see as unsanitary conditions inside the school.
Those who took part in the protest tell News 12 they returned to work to dusty classrooms full of rodent droppings.
Health Education Coordinator Angela Eustace has worked at the college for 27 years and says there are a bunch of badly needed repairs.
“I don’t feel safe walking in the building,” Eustace says. “It is not safe at all.”
Other members of the staff like Student Conduct Officer Kevin Adams says they want a COVID-safe workplace.
“We want them to follow through on the things we were promised before we came back to work,” Adams say. “Cleaning schedules, protocols, social distancing, plexiglass.”
President of the Professional Staff Congress James Davis is responsible for protecting all City University of New York employees. He is demanding repairs be done or his staff be able to work remotely.
“Our demand is for us to do these additional walk-throughs and repairs,” David says. “Make sure they’re completed and then facilities that aren’t ready for reoccupancy already, close them until they’re ready to come back.”
Some protesters say nothing is off the table, including a strike, until safe conditions are met inside the classroom.
Medgar Evers College President Dr. Patricia Ramsey says she plans to meet with the employees’ leadership on Thursday.
She says she has heard their concerns and each issue is in the process of being addressed and remediated.