Unions still trying to play the COVID card

Unions still trying to play the COVID card

Unions still trying to play the COVID card

Writing last week in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis couldn’t resist expressing her indignation when the district voted barely seven days prior to the start of the new school year to adopt a policy that respects science rather than union bluster.

The Pittsburgh School Board voted to classify face coverings as “recommended” rather than “required,” in accordance with unequivocal evidence showing the risk of students getting COVID is minimal while the damage done by distance learning and mask mandates is horrendous.

The Philadelphia School District, however, made face coverings required for the first 10 days of this new school year, and optional thereafter.

These never-ending dystopian mandates are not just confusing. They inflict incalculable damage on our children and their learning outcomes — especially students with mental or hearing challenges, who need to see the mouths of their educators.

Unions have been the source of these ridiculous COVID policies from the beginning because they regard anything that upsets smooth school operations and effective education as an opportunity to exert more influence.

These same teachers’ unions are backing the Commonwealth’s most radical political voices, including Gov. Tom Wolf who, in turn, championed these measures because the unions dumped millions into his campaign coffers.

According to Harvard Medicine, a study released this past June found that the likelihood of students coming down with the virus is very low, and those who do won’t get very sick.

“Children,” the article noted, “including very young children, can develop COVID-19. Many of them have no symptoms. Those that do get sick tend to experience milder symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue and cough.” 

Parents are standing up and elected officials are finally starting to listen. Bravo to the Pittsburgh School Board for refusing to do the bidding of the unions and, instead, listening to parents (the people who actually vote for them).

It’s long past time to stand up to the labor bosses, and union members are speaking up by leaving their radical union and taking their hard-earned dues dollars with them.

East Coast Director
Hunter Tower was hired as the Pennsylvania Director for the Freedom Foundation in March 2020 and now serves as the East Coast Director. Hunter has previously served as Executive Director of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County and as a Field Director with the PAGOP. He has also served as a Campaign Manager for a State Representative race in Connecticut and has lobbied Congress on behalf of his Fraternity (Theta Chi) and the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC) to pass the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA). Hunter has been featured in many outlets across the East Coast and the nation such as RealClearPolicy, RedState, Center Square, Broad + Liberty, Penn Live, City & State, and Lincoln Radio Journal. He’s a member and Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has facilitated several national and regional events for his Fraternity, is a charter member of his local Rotary Club, a Kentucky Colonel, and a former member of Kennett Township (PA) Zoning Hearing Board. Hunter’s family has a long history in politics beginning with Charlemagne Tower Jr., who served as Minister to Austria-Hungary (1897–1899) for President William McKinley before being transferred to Russia as Ambassador (1899–1902). Following his post in St. Petersburg, Charlemagne served as Ambassador to Germany from 1902 to 1908 under President Theodore Roosevelt. Tower City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania is named after his father, Charlemagne Tower, as is Tower, Minnesota, and Tower City, North Dakota. Hunter’s cousin, former United States Senator John G. Tower (R-Texas), served 24 years in the Senate and was George H.W. Bush’s first nominee for Secretary of Defense. Hunter’s late father, John W. Tower, was President Richard Nixon’s aide at the 1972 RNC in Florida with Alexander Haig’s son, worked with the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, and was a lobbyist in Washington, DC as President of American Strategy Group. Hunter is a graduate of Widener University in Chester, PA with a B.A. in Political Science. Hunter and his wife reside in Pennsylvania, with their two children and two rescue dogs.