AFT: A Union Of Us 1.7 Million Teachers Has Threatened To Strike If Schools Opened Hastily
The second-largest teaching Union in the United States has threatened to go on strike if schools in the country open in the early fall, as President Donald Trump insists, according to a message posted on Tuesday on the website of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which unites 1.7 million people in its ranks.
"In the name of student safety, strikes can only be used when there is no other way out. School districts are rushing to make it in time for the fall, and the Trump administration is putting pressure on them to open, despite insufficient measures in connection with [the new coronavirus disease] COVID-19. AFT is using all means and tools at its disposal to fight plans for unsafe school openings, including support for strikes at the local and state levels," the trade Union warned.
Its leadership recalled that the number of cases of coronavirus infection is again growing in 40 of the 50 States of the country. The victims of the pandemic include more than 200 AFT members. According to the Union, each American school will need an average of $1.2 million ($2.3 thousand per student) to start the school year on time, while observing all measures of sanitary and epidemiological safety.
The centers for disease control and prevention of the United States is preparing recommendations for opening educational institutions in the country. President Trump has criticized the distance learning system, calling it terrible. He has repeatedly stressed the need to open schools in the fall.