Leaders of the country’s second-largest teachers union on Tuesday approved a widespread strike if schools don’t take proper steps to protect teachers’ health.
The idea of school reopening in August has caused heated debates across the country. Some teachers are protesting the reopening of school and demanding they continue E-Learning, while others support the idea while implementing safety protocols. Parents have been given the choice locally in Hillsborough County whether they want to send their child to school or continue E-Learning.
Hillsborough County Public Schools took to social media to ensure the public knew they are doing everything they can by supplying students and teachers with the appropriate items.
According to NPR, Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, says the approval places the ultimate decision in the hands of local union leaders, who will receive the federation’s full support should they decide to strike. “We will fight on all fronts for the safety of our students and their educators,” she says.
The union represents 1.7 million U.S. teachers.