My teachers' union took a stand on vaccination against COVID-19 without asking its members their opinions on the issue. How could they issue a statement I vehemently disagreed with?
Karin Majewski is a special education teacher in Pennsylvania.
My story started out much the same as many other school employees who found themselves at odds with the teachers’ union. In June 2021, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) released a legislative position statement urging opposition to Senate Bill 618, which would prohibit Pennsylvania schools from requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to access buildings or receive services.
I was appalled that the PSEA presumed to speak on behalf of me and its 178,000 members on such an impactful and personal issue without even asking how we felt. How could a union that happily collects my hard-earned money every month issue a statement in my name with which I vehemently disagreed?