American Federation of Teachers authorizes strikes

Hand sanitizer is attached to a desk in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

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UPDATED 7:22 AM PT — Wednesday, July 29, 2020

One of the nation’s largest teachers union is giving educators the green-light to go on strike amid calls to reopen schools as fears over the coronavirus continue to affect communities.

On Tuesday, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, called on members to strike until schools reopen with several safeguards. She demanded states give schools necessary funds to bolster cleaning and testing, and warned not to reopen if areas have high infection rates.

Weingarten went on to say strikes are only a last resort measure and must be approved by local union chapters.

“We will fight on all fronts for students and their educators, but if the authorities don’t protect the safety and health of those we represent and those we serve, as our executive council voted last week, nothing is off the table,” she stated.

President Trump has long-called for schools to reopen and has asked Congress to withhold funds from those who fail to do so

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