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President of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union Fung Wai-wah (C) speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on Aug. 10, 2021,

Hong Kong's largest teachers' union said Tuesday it had disbanded amid the government's crackdown on dissent in the city, AP reported.

Why it matters: The union's split is the latest pro-democracy group to close its doors amid concerns that it would be targeted under the sweeping security law passed in Beijing last year.

  • Over 100 pro-democracy individuals have been arrested under the security law, per AP.

The big picture: Hong Kong's government distanced itself from the pro-democracy teachers' union last week and alleged that it spread anti-Beijing and anti-government sentiment, per AP.

  • Hours before the split, Chinese state media called the union a "malignant tumor" that should be eliminated.

Driving the news: "Regrettably, the changes in the social and political environment in recent years have forced us to think about the way forward, and some recent rapid developments have also put us under tremendous pressure," the Professional Teachers’ Union said in a statement Tuesday, per AP.

  • The union — the city's largest single industry trade union with 95,000 members — will stop accepting new members and issue refunds for current members.
  • Additionally, the union will lay off 200 staff members and eventually stop offering medical services and will close its welfare centers.

Go deeper: Beijing's national security law takes a toll in Hong Kong

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Oct 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Chicago police union urges officers to defy vaccine mandate

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Chicago's police union is threatening to "file a temporary restraining order" in an attempt to stop the city's COVID-19 vaccination mandate from taking effect, per Fox 32.

The big picture: Under the requirement that's due to take effect on Friday, city of Chicago staff who aren't vaccinated against the coronavirus must be tested semiweekly. They will be placed on unpaid leave if they refuse. Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara is urging union members to defy the mandate.

LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations amid staffing shortage

The first day of school at Montara Avenue Elementary School in California. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Los Angeles school district has extended its deadline for staff to get the COVID vaccine from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15.

Why it matters: The second-largest school district in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has struggled to fill thousands of vacancies, including teachers, counselors and maintenance staff, per the Los Angeles Times.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
50 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

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