The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, attacked Jews who criticized her union’s efforts to keep schools closed for in-class instruction as members of the “ownership class.”
“American Jews are now part of the ownership class,” Weingarten said in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a month ago reported by the Jerusalem Post. The 63-year-old union president who represents 1.7 million members was responding to those who criticize efforts to keep schools closed while they exploit the coronavirus crisis for billions in stimulus money that won’t be spent for years.
“I think some people are very skeptical of the power that they perceive teachers unions to have,” began the interviewer. “They look at, for example, the ongoing struggles in Los Angeles, where they see this bi dollar figure of aid being given for school reopening and are baffled by the perceived resistance of teachers to going back to work.”
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Weingarten took issue with the complaint.