Madison & Milwaukee teachers unions demand state-wide online school

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    by News director
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    Thu Oct 01 2020
Wisconsin schools have taken precautions against COVID-19 such as requiring masks, temperature checks and increased sanitization. Image courtesy of Dan Gaken via Flickr.

Author: Cailyn Schiltz

Teachers unions from Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine demand that the DHS suspend in-person learning and pivot fully online. 

Outside the DHS building Wednesday, union leaders held a press conference and called for DHS secretary Andrea Palm to close all K-12 in-person schools and colleges, both public and private. 

“Gathering in large groups in poorly ventilated spaces, the governor has asked us not to do that,” said Amy Mizialko, President of the Milwaukee Teachers' Educators Association, according to Channel 3000. “Please understand that going to school is gathering in large groups in a poorly ventilated space.”

The union wants to suspend in-person learning until Wisconsin shows a significant decrease in community transition and three consecutive weeks of decreasing COVID-19 cases. 

According to the Wisconsin DHS dashboard, over 500 new cases over the past two weeks are connected to children under 18. 

Channel 3000 reports that the unions are supporting a nationwide National Day of Action for unions. Unions across the US have threatened to strike if their safety demands are not met.