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No statewide strike, but local teachers could still take 'job action' over COVID-19 conditions

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Posted at 12:40 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 14:40:11-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's largest teachers union plans no statewide "job action" over working conditions during COVID-19.

However, the Utah Education Association told FOX 13 on Tuesday that local school district associations could still take some action if they wanted to.

UEA spokesman Mike Kelly said some teachers are happy with the safety plans their school districts have put in place, while others remain concerned with their working conditions. In more rural areas, some teachers are feeling more comfortable returning to in-person classroom instruction with a lack of COVID-19 cases in their area.

Following a meeting of the Utah State Legislature's Interim Education Committee, Sen. Kathleen Riebe, D-Cottonwood Heights, told FOX 13 that she had heard from teachers across Utah who may call out sick or stick strictly to the terms of their contracts in a sign of dissatisfaction over their working conditions.