Fund Our Facilities: Francis Hopkinson School

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Photo: PFT rally at the Francis Hopkinson School

February 7, 2020

Over two days in late January, 55 areas of damaged asbestos were revealed at the Francis Hopkinson School, including more than two dozen cracked or fraying pipe insulation above the ceiling, with some debris found on top of the new ceiling tiles. It is unclear whether the insulation was damaged when workers dismantled the old tiles over the summer. On Monday, February 3rd, the school was closed.

On Wednesday, February 5, AFT President Randi Weingarten joined PFT President Jerry Jordan and Laborers District Council Business Manager to announce their proposed “rapid response team” that can respond to, assess, and address damaged asbestos in an efficient manner.

Early Friday, the School District of Philadelphia informed the Federation that they have agreed to our recommendation that urgent asbestos remediation be completed before the school is cleared for reoccupancy. This is an absolutely commendable decision and one borne out of the relentless advocacy of the PFT and all of our members.

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