Urges All NYC Educators to Follow him
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Urges All AFT Educators Across America to Follow him
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TEACHES FOR CHOICE Press Release
Today at the NY UNIONS FOR CHOICE Protest at City Hall NYC Teacher Michael Kane announced he is leaving the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) union. Kane is the founder of TEACHERS FOR CHOICE.
“The UFT is no longer a union. What union in history has ever actively worked to have their members placed on unpaid leave or fired?” said Kane.
“This is one of the saddest days of my life. I’ve been a progressive unionist since before I was ever in a union. My father was a bricklayer, my mother a letter carrier, I have a dozen teachers in my family, but I refuse to continue to give one more dime to a corrupt union that represents the interests of a political party over the interests of its membership.”
Kane’s public announcement comes in response to Mayor de Blasio requiring forced vaccination of all teachers and DOE employees. In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew has thrown his hands in the air saying the city is “within their legal rights.”
“First off there are tons of things mayors have wanted to force on NYC teachers that were within their legal rights that the UFT vehemently fought off. Second, even NYSUT President Andy Pallotta is opposed to forced vaccination of teachers in this nature. Third, forced vaccination is a wildly unpopular position. We have a petition that is one of the top petitions on Change.org with over 37,000 signatures against forced vacciantion of educators. Lastly, the lame-duck mayor is not within his legal rights to force this mandate at this time and our attorneys will prove that,” said Kane.
This forced mandate comes just as the CDC Director admitted on CNN that the COVID vaccines no longer prevent transmission of the SARS CoV-2 virus, and the efficacy of the vaccine is reportedly waning. The most shocking example of this is Israel, where the most vaccinated country in the world now has the highest transmission rate in the world (according to the NY Times).
“Mulgrew is just following the orders of his boss, political insider Randi Weingarten, whose wife was just appointed to work directly with the Biden administration. We’ve tried to negotiate with the union. We’ve tried to compromise and be flexible, however Mulgrew won’t even respond to a single email I’ve sent. Only Randi Weingarten replies to me.”
Kane and TEACHERS FOR CHOICE’s steering committee met with Randi Weingarten and AFT staff virtually on August 18th. Kane says he has audio of the hour-plus debate that will be released soon.
“This isn’t even about vaccination, it’s about fundamental rights,” said Kane.
“In 2022 Albany begins to discuss bringing biometrics into all New York State Schools. Facial recognition, retina scans, tracking devices, digital biometric passports. And NYSUT and UFT are supporting the start of this discussion. What the hell is going on in public education that this is the direction we are headed?