CDC director spoke with several union leaders before tightening masking guidance, internal calendar reveals

拜登 administration tightened the school masking guidance last May after the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union, had threatened White House officials with publicly releasing harsh criticism, Fox News previously reported.

博士. Rochelle Walensky spoke with several union leaders one day before tightening school masking guidelines, an internal calendar provided to Fox News Digital reveals.

博士. Rochelle Walensky spoke with several union leaders one day before tightening school masking guidelines, an internal calendar provided to Fox News Digital reveals. (Chip Somodevilla /盖蒂图片社)

Walensky’s calendar shows that she also had contact with unions beyond the NEA before the guideline’s release, further illustrating the administration’s coziness with unions during its 新冠肺炎 pandemic guidance process.

At every turn, the CDC has told the American people that they have followed the science, but with every record we receive, we see further proof that the CDC keeps turning to teachers unions for guidance instead,” said Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, who provided Walensky’s calendar to Fox News Digital.

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A supposedly science-based agency should absolutely not be consulting with union boss Randi Weingarten before making important public messaging decisions that impact the lives of children and adults alike,” Sutherland said. “It’s been almost a year since we filed a lawsuit to force the CDC to reveal the true extent that they’ve allowed politics to influence health policy, and Americans have yet to receive full transparency.

The CDC announced on May 13, 2021, that fully vaccinated Americans could stop wearing masks indoors and outside, which sparked confusion about how this policy would apply to schools. One day later, 在5月 14, Erika Dinkel-Smith, 的 白色的房子 director of labor engagement, said she stopped the NEA from releasing a critical statement that had called for immediate clarification.

博士. 罗谢尔·瓦伦斯基, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, 教育, 劳工, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to the coronavirus disease (新冠肺炎) and new emerging variants at Capitol Hill in Washington, 直流电, 我们. 一月 11, 2022.

博士. 罗谢尔·瓦伦斯基, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, 教育, 劳工, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to the coronavirus disease (新冠肺炎) and new emerging variants at Capitol Hill in Washington, 直流电, 我们. 一月 11, 2022. (格雷格·纳什/游泳池通过路透社)

Would you know when Dr. Wolensky would be able to call NEA-Pres. Becky Pringle?” Dinkel-Smith wrote in the email. “They’ve gotten significant incoming and are getting targeted for a response from the media. I’ve gotten them to hold on their statement calling for clarification.

That same day, Dinkel-Smith received the NEA’s draft statement, allowing them to weigh in on it. Following discussion and coordination with the Biden White House, the NEA released a statement with a much less critical tone.

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After ignoring a previous Fox News inquiry on the emails, Pringle brushed off the report asno secretthat her union wants to keepstudents and schools safein a message she posted on Twitter.

In addition to speaking with Pringle, Walensky also held phone meetings with multiple other union heads that day, her calendar reveals.

在5月 14, Walensky also spoke to American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union president Marc Perrone, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees president Lee Saunders, and Bonnie Castillo, president of the AFL-CIO affiliated National Nurses Union, the calendar shows.

第二天, 在5月 15, the CDC updated its masking guidance to indicate that all people should wear a mask at school regardless of vaccination status.

As part of long-standing best practices, CDC has traditionally engaged with organizations and groups that are impacted by guidance and recommendations issued by the agency,” Jason McDonald, Walensky’s press secretary, 告诉福克斯新闻数字.

We do so to ensure our recommendations are feasible to implement and they adequately address the safety and wellbeing of individuals the guidance is aimed to protect,” McDonald said. “These informative and helpful interactions often result in beneficial feedback that we consider in our final revisions to ensure clarity and usability.

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McDonald said the CDC sought input from 14 组织, including the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers, to develop school guidance.

Past reports have shed light on the Biden administration’s coziness with unionswho spent big for his 2020 运动 – regarding Covid-19 guidance.

福克斯新闻 先前报告 on emails obtained by Americans for Public Trust showing that the NEA and the American Federations of Teachers, the nation’s second-largest teachers union, influenced last-minute changes to the school guidance and received a copy before its public release.

罗谢尔·瓦伦斯基, 美国总监. 疾病预防与控制中心 (CDC), during a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and members of the White House Covid-19 Response Team on the Omicron variant in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, 直流电, 我们。, 星期四, 十二月. 9, 2021.

罗谢尔·瓦伦斯基, 美国总监. 疾病预防与控制中心 (CDC), during a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and members of the White House Covid-19 Response Team on the Omicron variant in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, 直流电, 我们。, 星期四, 十二月. 9, 2021. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The emails followed a report showing close coordination between the teachers unions and the CDC. Americans for Public Trust had also obtained those emails through the Freedom of Information Act.

Before releasing the reopening guidance, 拜登政府 considered teachers unionslabor disputes, 电子邮件显示. The administration later tightened the school masking guidance following the threats from the teachers unions.

Republican lawmakers also released a report showing the ‘uncommon’ 纽带 between the CDC and teachers unions on school reopening guidance.

The unions did not respond to Fox News Digital’s inquiries on the calls before the agency released the school guidelines to the public.

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