(Online), August 9, 2020: Safe Jobs Save Lives – Education Workers Demand Safety & a Voice Amid School Reopening Debate

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Education workers are on the move across the South and around the country as state governments and the Trump administration attempt to force teachers, custodians, bus drivers, food service workers, maintenance workers, and students back to schools. This is as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, with particularly severe outbreaks in many states across the South.

We’ll hear from education workers who are organizing in K-12 and higher education to demand safety on the job and a voice in decisions on whether to reopen schools or leave them closed. Already, there have been many struggles breaking out and many victories that have won more PPE, hazard pay, and that have delayed reopening in the education sector.

In April, the Southern Workers Assembly launched the Safe Jobs Save Lives campaign to advance the organization of workers at the workplace and to build solidarity formations such as local workers assemblies, particularly in light of the many struggles breaking out in response to the crisis and a system that values profit above all else. The SWA views the development of this type of organization as critical to confront the two pandemics facing workers, particularly Black workers – COVID-19 and racism.

What can all workers learn from the struggles waged by education workers during this period? How can we continue to build a regional Safe Jobs Save Lives campaign, alongside the formation of workers unity council and workers assemblies? Join us for the discussion that will take up these and other questions.

Aug 9, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkcO6orjksGdSusBOVisylFi_MfaOTws0y

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