American Federation of Teachers President Rand Weingarten is walking back comments made last fall supporting mandatory vaccinations for educators. According to Axios, Weingarten said her union, representing 1.7 million members in over 3,000 local affiliates, would support requiring in-school teachers to take the COVID-19 vaccine, once approved and readily available.
But now, the union boss is changing her tune. Weingarten says they will “try to open up schools” but new CDC guidance has thrown the group a “curveball” with the Delta variant.
Civil rights attorney and former Los Angeles school teacher Leo Terrell ripped Weingarten on Fox News for wanting to, “keep the public school teachers home and draw a full paycheck.”
“Let’s be very clear in this is to keep the public school teachers home and draw a full paycheck. This is what bothers me tremendously. The kids lost… a year of education last year. They’re going to lose another year because the public school teachers and the unions don’t want to go back to school,” he said.
Both the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are resisting mandatory teacher vaccinations, instead asking for weekly testing – a measure not nearly as effective as a fully vaccinated staff.
With more and more public schools mandating student vaccinations, the teachers’ unions refusal to comply is hypocritical and potentially dangerous as cases spike nationwide.
“Teachers unions in [California] donated $2 million toward efforts by Gov. Gavin Newsom to rebuff a gubernatorial recall this September – and that they are asking for added layers of testing and vaccination recommendations that exceed even Newsom’s current policies,” Fox News reports. Further evidence unions are making it as difficult as possible to return this fall.