U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky’s calendar shows she met with several labor unions before issuing public emergency declarations. (RELATED: CDC Admits to Hiding Data for Political Reasons)
On one occasion, it revealed Dr. Walensky spoke to union leaders a day before the CDC tightened masking requirements for schoolchildren.
Americans for Public Trust obtained the calendar, which it shared with Fox News.
Fox News’ Joe Schoffstall reports:
“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.
“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, on May 14, Erika Dinkel-Smith, the White House director of labor engagement, said she stopped the NEA from releasing a critical statement that had called for immediate clarification.
Fox News reported afterward that — to appease the NEA — the White House reissued universal masking requirements for schools, regardless of vaccination status. (RELATED: Congressional Leaders Expose Scheme to Pump Liberal Misinformation Network Into Classrooms)
Walensky’s office responded to Fox’s inquiries about the director’s calendar:
“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, told Fox News Digital.
McDonald added, “We do so to ensure our recommendations are feasible to implement and they adequately address the safety and wellbeing of individuals the guidance aims to protect. These informative and helpful interactions often result in beneficial feedback that we consider in our final revisions to ensure clarity and usability.”
McDonald’s explanation failed to satisfy the CDC’s growing list of critics.
The revelations provide greater insight into the symbiotic relationship between powerful unions and the White House.
Not to mention provide further evidence that union leaders shaped the CDC’s policy from behind the scenes.