Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, died "unexpectedly" today, reportedly from a heart attack. It's no secret that Trumka was instrumental in preventing many affiliates of the AFL-CIO from openly opposing vaccine mandates: Biden's talk of vaccine mandates sends labor into disarray. It'll be interesting to see if his death makes a difference in labor's stance on a variety of issues--including vaccine mandates.
In related news, Randi Weingarten, head of the government teachers union, AFT, is now openly saying that opening of schools in the Fall is basically conditional on vaccine mandates, masking, and teaching Leftist doctrine on the January 6 Event. Quelle surprise!
Nothing like holding kids for ransom to give the warm fuzzies over "teachers".
ADDENDUM: I've been predicting this, and now it's here--this is in all likelihood what the Dread Delta dial-it-up-to-11 is really all about. These people want to never work a full day again in their lives. Chicago Teachers Union Threatens School Shutdowns Over Delta Variant.
In addition to nagging the district to make “ventilation upgrades,” the union members also insisted that officials create a regular COVID-19 testing plan regardless of anyone’s vaccination status, implement contact-tracing, and provide “maintenance of criteria and health metrics based on COVID prevalence to pause in-person instruction.”
Outside of COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the union also demanded that the district hire more full-time nurses, social workers, and counselors for every individual school and create a “comprehensive home visit program to engage students and families in every school community.” Last week, the union claimed that many of the schools in the district “were already in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic due to years of neglect and structural racism.”
These “gaps” in the city and district’s response, the union continued, “must be closed before the fall return.”
When will Normals say: Enough!