From the NY Daily News:
First, the pro-UFT side:
“We are preparing for any eventuality to make sure schools reopen safely for students, staff and the entire school community,” UFT spokesman Dick Riley said in a Sunday statement.
The chair of the City Council’s Education Committee said after weeks of protests about alleged lack of readiness to reopen schools, city teachers aren’t fooling around.
“Each chapter leader has been having meetings with their individual school chapters about what a strike entails,” Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) told the Daily News. “The UFT is very serious about this, as they should be.”
The city's response:
Earlier this month, the UFT threatened to go on strike if the city didn’t answer demands including mandatory COVID-19 testing for students and staff. The de Blasio administration has so far balked.
Administration officials were in talks with UFT reps over the weekend, according to de Blasio spokesman Bill Neidhardt.
“They have the right to hold these meetings,” he said Sunday. “We totally respect that.
“We came out with an agreement on curriculum,” Neidhardt said of a recent announcement on teaching protocols for the coming school year. “We’re going to continue that work.”
I have been asking around. From what I am hearing from several different districts is that UFTers understand the ramifications of what a strike means and most won't scab if called by the Union leadership to engage in a job action. My sample includes teachers who think it may be safe enough for them to go into their own school building but they comprehend that this is a citywide concern and many buildings might not be safe.
A few in the comments section here who have an almost knee-jerk reaction against anything Michael Mulgrew says or does, which I understand based on history, may not reflect the overall opinion of the membership. Teachers who only knew about strikes in the abstract have fully educated themselves in a hurry it seems. UFTers get that if the Union is going to be sabre-rattling and loses, then we are in even worse shape than before.