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Detroit’s teachers union could call a “safety” strike

Courtesy Detroit Federation of Teachers' Facebook

Teachers in Detroit said Wednesday they will engage in a “safety” strike if the district fails to convince them a return to school is safe.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers is asking that both classroom teachers and support staff be allowed to choose whether to teach in-person or online in the fall. They also want assurances the precautions outlined in the district’s return to school plan will actually be implemented.

The district has old buildings that fell into disrepair while it was under state control – adding concerns over ventilation and water safety to fears that PPE may not be available and that students may not be tested for coronavirus.

The union says if they strike – it would not be a work stoppage because teachers want to work – most virtually. The Detroit Public Schools Community District says in a statement it believes discussions with the union will lead to a safe start to school.