Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee

The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee is an international network of educators, students, parents, and workers spearheading the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic and massively expand funding and resources for public education.

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Build rank-and-file committees to fight for high quality education and an end to the pandemic!

2023 will be characterized by mass opposition of teachers and school workers to intolerable working conditions and mass infection. Teachers and school workers must learn from the experiences of the past three years, having been betrayed by the trade union bureaucracies in the interest of the capitalist state, and form independent rank-and-file committees to carry forward their fight!

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (US)

The lessons of the rail struggle of 2022

As far as management is concerned, the “contract” is only binding on us workers. They feel emboldened because they know they have not only Congress on their side, but the union apparatus.

The Railroad Workers Rank-and-File 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.