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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aligned with teachers’ unions in developing guidance for opening schools in the wake of the pandemic. This was revealed in a report by Republican lawmakers who sit on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The document was obtained exclusively by Fox News.
The lawmakers called the coordination a “cozy relationship” with the Biden administration and said it was “unusual.” They further explained that the situation occurred despite the agency’s previous claims that such coordination was routine and apolitical.
The document details that one day before the CDC issued the guidance, on Feb. 11, 2021, “American Federation of Teachers” (AFT) health issues director Kelly Trautner emailed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky asking her to add to the document that ‘in the event that high community transmission results from a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, a further update to these guidelines may be necessary.’”
“The emails also revealed that CDC officials coordinated an advance copy of the final AFT guidance before releasing it,” Fox News highlighted.
Inquiry on the relationship between CDC and labor unions
As early as October 2021, a group of House Republicans asked the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate allegations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acted on behalf of the AFT in refusing to reopen schools.
The letter, which was reviewed by El American, was led by Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) and signed by 25 other Republicans.
“We request that you immediately investigate allegations of collusion and political influence in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) correspondence between CDC and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT),” the letter said.