Just weeks after the science-denying teachers’ union American Federation of Teachers (AFT) ripped Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines saying three feet of social distance is suitable to stop the spread of COVID-19, now the union’s leaders have been caught red-handed not following their own advice.
AFT New Mexico previously released the following statement:
“While positive progress has been made regarding access and administration of vaccines for educational staff, a vaccine alone is not a silver bullet for making our places of learning safe. Vaccines are only one piece, among many, of the strategy for safely re-entering our buildings and classrooms.
“We also question abandoning the pandemic’s most enduring safety strategy, namely ensuring a 6-foot distance between individuals, as rapid changes in health and safety guidance not only cause confusion but can undermine public trust in science-based guidance. We, like many education professionals and organizations across the country, urge the CDC to continue their research and understanding of the impact of reduced distancing by expanding their research to broader, more representative sampling of our communities. Additionally, we hope future CDC guidance decisions will more fully consider a totality of other factors which impact safety in schools, including the extent of aerosol spread of COVID-19 through substandard or outdated ventilation.”
But on Thursday, AFT national president Randi Weingarten posted a selfie with her and AFT New Mexico officials eating at an in-person restaurant while not following AFT’s own reservations for the teachers under the union’s control. In the photo appears to be AFT New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez, among other unidentified union officials.
Not only did the photograph show she and other AFT leaders were eating inside without following social distancing after whining about ventilation for teachers, but in the photograph, people can visibly be seen through a window eating outside on a patio, while Weingarten and the other officials are at their table indoors.
After the massive hypocrisy exposed by Weingarten herself, people noted how she and the leaders of AFT were not following their own edicts.
Guy Benson, a Fox News contributor wrote in response, “Why are your in-person meetings essential? Is Zoom good enough for kids, but not union leaders? And you have publicly (and baselessly) questioned CDC science on 3 feet distancing being safe in classrooms for children, who are low risk. What is going on behind you?”
Piñon Post is the only New Mexico news outlet exposing teachers’ unions’ hypocrisy, especially while their teachers are bound under their thumb with one set of rules while AFT and other union leaders brazenly defy their own advice.