A Los Angeles teachers union has backed off its demand for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all eligible students enrolled in the nation’s second-largest school district.
According to The Los Angeles Times, however, “The move appears to be more about bargaining strategy rather than a lack of support for the move.”
The Times previously obtained a document dated August 26 that had been submitted at the bargaining table by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). The union had requested that students who had not been granted religious or medical exemptions “achieve full vaccination no later than 12 weeks following the birthday in which they become eligible” for the shots. But the latest contract proposal dated September 2 indicates “the union is no longer insisting on a mandate as part of an enforceable agreement with the district,” The Times reported.
“We continue to support a vaccine requirement for all eligible students to keep our schools safer and to help protect the most vulnerable among us,