Due to the school district’s refusal to accede to their demands, which include offering free yoga and allowing the homeless to reside on school grounds, the California Teachers’ Union is edging closer to going on strike.
The Fresno Teacher Association is requesting that the Fresno Unified School District permit homeless families to park their vehicles in high school parking lots and to provide paid security in the spaces, which they estimate will cost $500,000 to implement.
Additionally, the union is forcing the district to offer free yoga and meditation classes, which they estimate will cost $1 million to supply.
As part of this demand, the union is offering to reimburse its members up to $1,000 year if they continuously engage in activities like attending a dojo or practicing yoga for at least 100 days.
The “social/emotional supports and safety” component of the proposed contract contained the demands for free yoga and homeless individuals residing on school grounds.
Large volumes of hazardous garbage can be produced in the areas around homeless camps.
Teachers may strike if the union and the district are unable to come to an agreement. The union is anticipated to vote on picketing on October 18.