At their annual meeting last week, delegates of the Massachusetts Teachers Association approved a resolution to call for a national teacher strike in support of the Green New Deal, a wide-ranging environmental initiative championed by left-wing factions of the Democratic Party.
The resolution will be presented by Massachusetts delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly in July for debate and possible action.
In the past, NEA delegates have resisted national actions in support of any cause, often for budgetary reasons. This one would be particularly problematic because teacher strikes are illegal in many states, and passing an agenda item in favor of one would make breaking some state laws an official NEA policy.
I’m neither an attorney nor an expert on environmental policy, but under normal circumstances this would be a non-starter for NEA delegates. But are these normal circumstances?