Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee

The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee is a network of educators, students, parents, and workers spearheading the fight to end the pandemic, and save as many lives as possible.

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To stop the pandemic and save lives, workers must act now! Here’s what you can do:

1. Join the rank-and-file committee in your area–or use the same form to reach out for assistance with getting one started. We will contact you immediately.

2. Join our Facebook group, and invite other teachers, school workers and parents.

3. Subscribe to the WSWS Educators Newsletter for the latest news, analysis and political perspectives for educators.

4. Send us a report about what is happening in your school or district.

5. Read the Open Letter to the Working Class from the Socialist Equality Party. Share it with everyone you know, and post it on social media.

Get the word out! Send the following message to your co-workers and acquaintances:

The working class must intervene to save lives and stop the pandemic! No one will do it but ourselves. I urge you to get involved by joining and building the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee. For more information, visit wsws.org/edsafety

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Fill out this form to join the rank-and-file committee nearest you. If there is not already a committee in your area, we will help you get one started.

Don't wait! COVID-19 has spiraled out of control, but thousands of lives can still be saved through urgent action.

The pandemic must be ended!
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For a mass movement to halt in-person classes across Canada and save lives!

The decision by provincial governments across the country to reopen schools to in-person learning amid a tsunami of Omicron infections is criminally reckless. It must be resisted through walkouts and other forms of working class struggle.

Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the term “rank-and-file” mean and where does it come from?

“Rank-and-file” is originally a military term. It refers to the lower “ranks” of soldiers, who literally stand in lines or “files”. These soldiers have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than the officers or “brass” who prosecute the wars on behalf of the ruling elite.

Rank-and-file committees are of, by and for the rank-and-file workers, who have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than management, the bosses, the politicians, and the trade union apparatus, who send workers to die while defending the profits of the ruling elite.

Is it legal to build rank-and-file committees of educators and other workers to stop the spread of COVID-19?

Yes. The formation of rank-and-file committees is 100% completely legal under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

The right to freedom of speech means you can say whatever you like about what you agree or disagree with. Freedom of association, also covered under the first amendment, means you have the right to associate with others who share your views, for political ends. You also have the right to petition the government for redress, to make demands on the government and tell them what you want them to do.

Does HIPAA law prevent schools or workplaces from disclosing information about the spread of COVID-19?

No. HIPAA has an exception for disclosures to prevent and control the spread of disease, but the state is deliberately not invoking this exception in order to conceal information from workers, so that they can pretend that what they are doing is safe when it’s not.

Rank-and-file educators have the right to know who’s gotten sick, where, when, and what happened. Rank-and-file committees have to demand this information, and have to share it with other workers as a matter of collective self defense.