Biden caved to teachers’ unions in one big way, new book reports

The teachers’ unions are out of control.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a menace to society, but he was actually, surprisingly, based on one topic: public sector unions. 

Recent news backs up FDR’s concerns with these entities. A new book claims President Biden scaled back his ambitions to reopen schools to appease the teachers’ unions, notably one in particular—Randi Weingarten and the American Federation of Teachers.

Despite promising to get most kids back in school within 100 days of becoming president while on the campaign trail, Biden quickly walked that back once in office to keep the peace with Weingarten and the teachers’ unions. According to a new book by Franklin Foer with The Atlantic, “The Last Politician,” Biden had his press secretary walk back his campaign promise. 

“The announcement came as an aside in a press conference,” Foer wrote. “Jen Psaki explained that Biden had really meant that he wanted more than half of the pre-K-to-8 schools to attend at least one in-person session a week by the end of his first hundred days.”

The about-face came after Biden met with Weingarten and after First Lady Jill Biden invited Weingarten and National Education Association President Becky Pringle to the White House.

“For the sake of avoiding conflict, especially conflict with an ally, the Biden administration trimmed its goal of returning kids to school to a fraction of what had been promised on the campaign trail,” Foer continued. “It was the price of peace.”

According to Foer, Biden was afraid the unions would strike if he pushed for schools to reopen. And so he took a less aggressive posture on the issue, because the teachers’ unions had him by the balls.

Public sector unions include groups like police unions, teachers’ unions, and other organizations servicing professionals who work for the taxpayers. Since public dollars pay the salaries in these fields, public dollars also fund the unions who siphon money off the individuals working for us. Those unions then use those taxpayer dollars, predominantly, to lobby against the American people. They go on strike, strong-arming higher salaries, and actively work to influence public policy in a way that benefits them and often harms the American people.

Essentially, public sector unions use our own tax dollars against us and the practice should be outlawed.

The White House has tried to spin this report, with a spokesperson telling Fox News Digital that the president met his goal for opening schools by the end of his first 100 days in office. 

“When President Biden came into office, schools were shuttered across the country,” the spokesperson said. “The President set a goal that the majority of our schools be open by the end of his first 100 days.”

According to American Progress, “As of May 3, 2021, only 1 percent of districts across the country were fully remote, 46 percent were hybrid, and 53 percent were fully open.” So if we want to get technical, a slim majority of schools were fully opened as he promised.

But 47% of schools running on a hodgepodge, part-time in-person schedule is probably not what most parents had in mind when Biden said most schools would be fully reopened within 100 days of him entering the Oval Office. If the president hadn’t scaled back his ambitions due to teachers’ union pressure, and had instead pressured 100% of states and localities to reopen, the numbers fully returned to in-person education could’ve likely been much higher. 

We know without a doubt that teachers’ unions were some of the biggest culprits behind school closures in the first place, as well as nonsensical mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and even agenda items that sought extreme progressive policies (like defunding the police and single payer healthcare).

The teachers’ unions are out of control. They do not work for us, and in fact, they’re using our tax dollars against us and against our nation’s kids. It’s time they be banned once and for all and no longer be given the ability to shake our politicians down with their outlandish demands.

It’s time to remind them who works for who here.

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Hannah Cox
Hannah Cox
Hannah Cox is a libertarian-conservative writer and co-founder of BASEDPolitics. She's also the host of the BASEDPolitics podcast and an experienced political activist.