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COVID-19 and Educator Workload

Guidance on bargaining and other forms of engagement to address the workload crisis among educators in the United States. UPDATED FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
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Published: 02/16/2021

Across the nation, as COVID-19 persists, teachers are working more hours than ever. Education support professionals are performing duties, frequently under hazardous conditions with no prior experience and training or facing furloughs and cuts to wages and benefits. Exhausted and demoralized, educators are buckling under the load. Many are opting to resign or retire; too many others are on the verge of walking away from their chosen profession, rather than work under untenable conditions.

The document below describes some of the main factors driving workload in the COVID-19 environment, identifies specific workload issues, offers key considerations when addressing those issues through negotiations, collaborative processes, and other forms of engagement.

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