Instead, the union’s 250-member governing body overwhelmingly passed an alternate motion to set up voluntary forums for union members to discuss the issue.
According to the wording of the resolution, the replacement motion was “based on concern that it was a highly divisive issue that would seriously damage union unity at a time when we needed solidarity in our upcoming contract wars”.
The union said in a statement that the result meant that the original decision “cannot be restored in its current form”.
Decision this year deadly conflicts Between Israeli and Palestinian militants, they called on United Teachers Los Angeles to “express our solidarity with the Palestinian people and call on Israel to end its bombardment of Gaza.”
The resolution also called for the cessation of US aid to Israel, an end to the forced displacement from the Palestinian settlement of Sheikh Jarrah, and the endorsement of boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against “apartheid in Israel.”
Some Critics of Israel He praised the decision as an important political step in support of the Palestinian right to self-determination. those who criticized the decision He said it was one-sided, insensitive to Jewish students and school staff, and untimely in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The original motion was presented without consideration of its repercussions,” said teacher Scott Mandel, a board member who helped organize the opposition. He said he helped spread a petition campaign that garnered almost 1,000 signatures. He warned that many members would resign if the union had taken this step.
The union represents more than 30,000 teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians.
In an email before the day of the meeting, Soni Lloyd, a supporter of the original movement, said the result was not a complete setback for its supporters.
“First, there was widespread support for human rights in Palestine among UTLA department heads and activists,” Lloyd said. “Two, the forums give us the opportunity to continue educating others about it.”