Largest Teacher’s Union Authorizes Strikes Over Safety Concerns

Largest Teacher’s Union Authorizes Strikes Over Safety Concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the nation’s largest teachers unions authorized it’s members Tuesday to strike if their schools plan to reopen without proper safety measures.

The American Federation of Teachers, representing 1.7 million school employees, released a resolution Tuesday saying it will support any local chapter that decides to strike over reopening plans.

The group said school buildings should open only where coronavirus infections are low enough and if schools enact certain safety measures.

The union’s president, Randi Weingarten, blasted President Donald Trump for ordering schools to reopen even as the virus continues to surge.

Weingarten said Trump’s response has been chaotic and has left teachers afraid.