Ariz. teachers union president allegedly promoting pressure tactics

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:44 AM PT – Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The president of a teachers union in Arizona is under fire for comments he made at a protest meeting on Sunday.

This comes as a group called ‘Purple for Parents’ said the union is acting as a bully and creating a hostile work environment for educators. The group recently posted a video on Twitter in what appears to be the president — Joe Thomas — telling union liaisons to pressure teachers into wearing their “Red for Ed” protest t-shirts and to take part in walk outs.

A six-day strike last spring ended with a 20-percent raise broken down by a one-percent retroactive increase, followed by nine-percent this school year, five-percent this fall and five-percent in fall 2020.

The union is now claiming the state has been retaliating against them for their strike by introducing various bills targeting them.

“If you have people who don’t want to walk out and don’t want to go back down to the Capitol, don’t want to leave their classrooms — they better be out on that walkout,” Thomas urged. He was interviewed for a report earlier in April, where he claimed state lawmakers are not giving schools enough money.

The next action could be a “Red for Ed” May Day rally on May 1, 2019. A similar rally is scheduled at the capitol in North Carolina, where schools have decided to shut down for the day.

Teachers participate in a statewide “walk-in” as part of the ‘Red for Ed’ movement. (AP/Photo/Matt York)

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