National teachers’ union pushes for mandatory mask wearing and vaccines


Delegates to the National Education Association’s annual meeting again called for mask and vaccine mandates, as well as remote learning. On Nov. 8, voters will decide whether to give Illinois union bosses more power to set school policy.

National Education Association delegates called for mandatory masking, vaccinations and remote learning options at their July 3-6 annual meeting in Chicago.

Delegates discussed new commercial item 37, which asks national leaders to continue to support the imposition of COVID-19 policies on schools. The stance goes against guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has moved to optional masking in schools in Spring 2022.

The NEA is not the only teachers’ union that wants to remove personal or local choice in favor of overarching COVID-19 policies. In January, the Chicago Teachers Union, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, went on strike for five school days to impose its own policies on testing and remote learning – again, against the expertise of public health officials.

Chicago better health official schools and other major cities have not seen fit to suspend in-person learning. The walkout was the union’s third work stoppage in 27 months.

Union bosses too often use strikes to advance public policy. CTU took the picket line or made demands regarding his social diary on housing, immigration, “restorative justice”, the redistribution of wealth and definancing the police.

Yet they seek more power through an amendment to the state constitution. Voters on November 8 will be asked to decide on Amendment 1.

The proposed change to the Illinois Constitution is dubbed a ‘worker’s rights amendment,’ but in reality, it would cement the influence of teachers’ unions on Illinois public schools, students and parents. . If government unions had the backing of the state constitution, legislators and local leaders would be virtually powerless to stop their demands.

Amendment 1 includes an obligation to bargain not only on traditional bargaining topics, but also on additional topics such as “economic welfare” and other union priorities. Teachers’ unions could negotiate on a virtually unlimited range of issues, keeping students out of the classroom until their social agenda or other militant demands are met.

The fight for control won’t end with pay issues or COVID-19 policies, though those union battles have already hurt students.

Chicago Public Schools parent Sarah Sachen has watched her children struggle in the wake of repeated school closures caused by CTU.

“When the union calls a strike, it impacts families financially, educationally and socially,” Sachen said. “CTU wants to continue to lobby and strike for demands that aren’t even related to education and I don’t want CTU to have more power to do that. Learning should not be hampered or stopped for the political games of the union.

The Illinois Federation of Teachers publicly recorded support – twice — for Amendment 1 when it was before the Illinois General Assembly. CTU did the same.

The past two years have shown how teachers’ unions use the power they have in a way that does not put students first.

And the parents responded.

Sachen, another parent and teachers are suing to stop Amendment 1 before it gives even more power to teachers’ unions.

Parents are pulling students out of Chicago public schools, with more than 80,000 students in Chicago finding other education options.

Now it’s up to voters to decide on Nov. 8 who should have more power in Illinois: the teachers’ union bosses or the public health experts and parents.


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