The Berkeley Federation of Teachers Union President, Matt Meyer, took his daughter to a private pre-school after he and his union campaigned to keep public schools closed.
According to KQED, the union fought for what Meyer considered to be the “gold standard.” One of their conditions to reopen schools, teachers must get vaccinated among others.
In an interview with NBC Bay Area, an affiliate of the Reopen California Schools group, Jonothan Zacherson, commented on Meyer’s hypocrisy.
He said, “It’s really a message of hypocrisy where we see this union representative saying it’s not safe to go back, yet he feels safe enough to take his daughter to an in-person institution.”
Meyer responded to the outcry on Fox News in an email statement.
“There are major differences in running a small preschool and a 10,000 student public school district in terms of size, facilities, public health guidance and services that legally have to be provided. We all want a safe return to school. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers is excited that Berkeley Unified will be reopening soon with a plan, supported by our members and the district, to get our students back in classrooms starting later this month,” he said.