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Teacher Union Tantrums Now Count as Sick Days in California

Teachers leaving their unions stop paying union dues costing the CTA and UTLA nearly $3 million annually

By Rachel Wiegel, January 26, 2022 1:37 pm

It’s mid-January and winter break has come to an end.

For more than 6.5 million children here in California, that means it’s time to go back to school. But in several major school districts across the state, schools remained closed the first week back — negatively impacting tens of thousands of students ready to learn and reconnect with friends. Thousands were literally turned away in the parking lot.

Why? Because teachers’ unions like the California Teachers Association (CTA) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) encouraged the most militant pro-union educators to leverage the COVID-19 pandemic to stage a “sick-out.”

Except they aren’t really sick. Union bosses have admitted they’re actually using the ploy to protest “unsafe working conditions.”

In one week, two major teachers’ unions and a couple thousand radical, pro-union teachers held California children’s education hostage to demand more masks and stricter testing procedures.

In the Northern California’s Oakland Unified School District, more than 500 teachers called out sick on Jan. 6, causing 12 schools to completely shut down for the day.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Unified reported a record 900 teachers calling out on the same day, with numerous other Bay Area schools following suit.

Since then, two more sick-out days have been staged, and the participating teachers claim this will continue until their demands are met.

Not surprisingly, these heartfelt protests managed to fall in the same month as a scheduled bargaining session between San Francisco district officials and the teacher’s union over safety protocols.

Coincidence? There are no coincidences when it comes to teacher unions. 

What about the teachers who want to teach? The Freedom Foundation has been contacted by many who are eager to work but can’t because these events have shut down their schools.

They share with us firsthand stories of how healing being back in school has been for students. The damage that’s been done to children over the past two years from not being in school is evident.

Several studies show children in California are battling depression, anxiety, addiction — the list goes on — yet the thing that could help so many recover is being treated as a bargaining chip by unions.

When did it become acceptable to make children’s mental health and quality of life suffer so that scared adults could feel comfortable?

Every day, the Freedom Foundation helps teachers here in California leave their union due to frustration over its handling of the pandemic. COVID-19 has put a magnifying glass over an issue that had flown under the radar for many years for most educators.

Now, teachers who just want to get back to work and put their students first are seeing that their union is much more of an obstacle rather than an ally. This has caused record high numbers of teachers to opt out of their union dues and stop feeding the beast that’s fighting against them.

The Freedom Foundation has helped hundreds of California teachers leave their union and stop paying union dues — costing the CTA and UTLA nearly $3 million annually in lost dues revenue.

Forever.

And we will continue freeing this state’s teachers, students and families from union bondage so we can keep school open and children in the classroom.

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7 thoughts on “Teacher Union Tantrums Now Count as Sick Days in California

  1. a coordinated sick-out paid by tax-payers, yet if anyone in private organized this – it would be followed by pink slip day

  2. time to remember when the air traffic controllers went on strike during Ronald Reagan’s time as president. Back to work or you are fired. Worked like a charm. we can not let a small group of radical people hold the taxpayers at hostage.

    1. Yes, and remember Reagan was Governor of California before he became President. Both California and the US have gone to hell in a handbasket since Reagan, especially California.

      1. Here is a thought. Require a doctor’s note from each teacher that calls in sick. Don’t have one? You are fired, and you will not be rehired in the future. Adios y bien vida. xxx

  3. Here is a thought. Require a doctor’s note from each teacher that calls in sick. Don’t have one? You are fired, and you will not be rehired in the future. Adios y bien vida.

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