Michael Kane Interviews Randi Weingarten on NYC Teacher Vaccine Mandates


Watch interview here: https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/shows/good-morning-chd/ducZn9n_Vz

Today American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union president Randi Weingarten was interviewed by fired NYC school teacher Michael Kane on CHD TV’s morning broadcast Good Morning CHD. At the Labor Day Parade in NYC on September 10th Kane had confronted Weingarten and asked her questions about educators fired over vaccine mandates. Weingarten did not engage at that time, but agreed to come on Kane’s show to discuss her new position on vaccine mandates for educators

Weingarten is the president of the AFT which represents 1.7 million educators across the country. She was the first labor leader in America to publicly call for forced vaccine mandates for the members who pay her salary. On October 4, Weingarten walked back some of that support in an interview with Michael Kane, the Grassroots Organizer for Children’s Health Defense, and founder of Teachers for Choice. She specifically addressed NYC Mayor Eric Adams.

“What Adams did was unfair. If you’re lifting the vaccine mandates in the private sector you have to treat the public sector employees in a similar way. You can’t treat one set of employees different than another set,” said Weingarten.

When asked if she would support reinstating fired educators with back pay, Weingarten’s response was, “there should be a reconsideration process going forward” but declined to say what demands should be made for those who were impacted. As a national union leader Weingarten did not want to comment on specific local negotiations.  “You can’t say teachers shouldn’t return to their jobs, but Kyrie can,” said Weingarten. Interestingly enough Kane was wearing a sweatshirt from the clothing line of Kyrie Irving during the interview.

Weingarten made clear that she may support a vaccine mandate for educators once again in the future if the public health officials deemed it to be necessary. She fully defended the vaccine mandate implementation in August of 2021 for educators and said she would “do it again” if it had to be done all over again. Kane pushed back on her support for forced mandates by stating doctors such as Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford, and Dr. Martin Kuldorff of Harvard were against medical mandates.

Michael Kane was a New York City special education teacher for over 14 years who was fired only for declining the covid vaccination Weingarten supported. Kane has been suing NYC ever since in the case Kane v. de Blasio which is headed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on October 11, at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse in Manhattan. The case has been consolidated with two other cases, Keil v. NYC and New Yorkers for Religious Liberty (NYFRL) v. NYC. All of these cases charge that the city of New York violated the constitution by arbitrarily denying thousands of religious exemptions to vaccination for both public and private employees.

8 thoughts on “Michael Kane Interviews Randi Weingarten on NYC Teacher Vaccine Mandates

  1. Michael, you were brilliant. I don’t know how you kept your cool. Typical UFT rhetoric: I’m such a good person, “my wife is a rabbi, I’m helping prepare for Yom Kippur, I believe it’s okay to disagree.” You may have started a movement. Let’s get her to debate Peter McCullough on myocarditis in children. Maybe Moldgrew will follow with her opinion since he’s in line for her job. Tomorrow is her chance to atone for her sins.


    1. Thank you for your kind words.

      It doesnt matter what Randi says about the science. No one cares. What DOES matter was all of her comments about labor and her official position on vaccine mandates for Educators.

      What we want now is Mike Mulgrew to come on my show.


  2. Thank you Michael for interviewing her. I just wanted to ask you why you didn’t call her out multiple times when she talked about the “science” and importance of the vaccines to reopen the schools. A throughout the interview she continually redirected you answering with her propaganda and spewed the propaganda using “answer this way – union play book” (anyone who attends union meeting regularly or worked as a delegate or rep will quickly identify it). It seems, at least to me, it was more about covering herself legally, than the science. I wonder how May lawsuits will name her and the union as people wake up?


    1. Good question.

      No one cares what Randi Weingarten “believes” about “science.” Maybe SHE cares what she thinks, but no one else does. I had 30 minutes with her. Part of what she was doing was putting out “dangles” – threads that she hoped I would bite on in order to run out the clock so I could get as little out of her as possible. When she brought up POLIO I almost died laughing. That would have been a good way for her to burn up 10 minutes of time if I took that dangle.

      What I want, and got, was her on the record in about 3 important areas regarding EDUCATOR MEDICAL MANDATES. Now THAT is an area that people DO CARE what she has to say. That is an area where she has nation-wide power. I will make this clear in an episode of GOOD MORNING CHD as soon as I can, to explain to people what my strategy was.

      But first — now, we want MICHAEL MULGREW to come on my show. Email campaign coming to day for that (watch for it)


  3. Michael,

    Thank you for clarifying. I will say, though, one thing Randi accomplished (at least for me) was convincing me to withdraw from the Union. Prior to this interview I could take it or leave it.


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