UTLA unions are not too happy with Los Angeles teachers who are posting pictures of their spring break vacations, terrified that such images might destroy their argument that negotiations be made that it’s unsafe for teachers to return to in-classroom teaching, thus they have been told not to post up any pictures on social media.
The warning was put up as a screenshot that appeared to be from a group on Facebook that has 5,700 members. The group is called “UTLA FB GROUP – Members Only.”
“If you are planning any trips for Spring Break, please keep that off of Social Media,” the post read. “It is hard to argue that it is unsafe for in-person instruction, if parents and the public see vacation photos and international travel.”
One group member responded “Amen” to the post, while another said, “Or better yet, don’t travel on spring break and set an example.”
The message to the teachers followed a vote last week that rejected by a 91%-9% margin what UTLA called an “unsafe” return to the classroom unless certain demands are met.
Those demands include that L.A. County move out of the state’s purple tier, guarantee that staff is either fully vaccinated or provided access to full vaccination, and that certain coronavirus safety measures must be in place for schools.
“The union’s decision to condone international vacations while keeping students and educators from returning to classrooms is so hypocritical you would think [Gov.] Gavin Newsom thought of it himself,” Kevin Faulconer for Governor communications director John Burke said to media network Fox News. “Our spineless governor refuses to stand up to them and do what’s right for our students. It’s time to recall Newsom.”
Yeah, this seems to make it pretty clear that the teachers unions are doing all in their power to use the coronavirus pandemic as a means of leverage in bargaining rather than actually being worried about spreading the COVID-19 virus.
Education doesn’t matter to them. Neither does the mental or physical well being and safety of the students matter to them. They just want to get paid for doing nothing. End of story.