University of Michigan grad instructors to strike as face-to-face classes start
DETROIT — The University of Michigan Graduate Employee Organization will go on strike Tuesday as classes begin on campus, citing concerns over COVID-19 safety and policing on campus.“This is a historic moment; GEO membership has voted to strike in the middle of a pandemic at the beginning of the academic year, and is prepared to withhold our labor in pursuit of a safe and just campus for all,” the union said in a news release.The union represents more than 1,000 graduate student instructors and graduate student assistants. The employees teach classes and do other work for the university.The un...
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Mayor de Blasio says NYC will have the 'safest school year ever' a day after teachers union threatens to strike over COVID guidelines
NEW YORK — A day after the city’s powerful teacher union threatened to strike over school reopening guidelines, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday the city will see the “safest school year ever.”He also said schools are slated to reopen on time despite vehement pushback Wednesday from the United Federation of Teachers, which is demanding that every teacher and student get tested for coronavirus ahead of the school year.“Every New Yorker can see exactly what is being done and the level of comprehensive effort — layer upon layer — to make sure we have the safest school year ever,” he sa...
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Detroit teachers plan strike vote over coronavirus safety concerns
DETROIT — Detroit teachers will vote next week on whether to launch a safety strike over concerns they have about returning to classrooms amid COVID-19.“The Detroit Federation of Teachers, on behalf of its over 4,000 members, has continuously expressed concern with the district regarding its reopening plan,” the union said in a statement Friday. “A few weeks ago we issued a list of demands in partnership with our sister unions. Our demands continue to go ignored and so it is now time for us to bring the question to our membership to make a difficult but necessary decision for what is in the be...
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Chicago Teachers Union will take first steps next week toward possible strike, sources say
CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union is planning to convene its House of Delegates early next week to consider a process that could lead to a strike if Chicago Public Schools doesn’t agree to start the school year with full remote learning, sources said Tuesday.It’s not clear if the process would differ from the steps taken before the 11-day teachers strike last fall, but the union’s bylaws require a full membership vote to authorize a strike after the matter comes before the House of Delegates.Educator unions nationwide, including the Illinois Federation of Teachers and American Federation of...