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SCHOOLS: Why not allow teacher strikes?

Letter by Jim Barr, Tacoma on Sep. 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm | 9 Comments »
September 20, 2010 3:32 pm

Re: “Enforce law against teacher strikes” (letter, 9-19).

Why not allow teachers to strike? What is it that makes their job so important that we should take this right away from them? If school is canceled, will our children’s health or safety be put in jeopardy any more than when they are on vacation? I think not.

Most teachers’ pay package is such that they could not stay out more than two months, if that, which is time that could be made up during the summer break. The truth is, we don’t like or want the inconvenience of having to take care of our children.

If it is truly necessary to outlaw teacher strikes then it seems only fair to have binding arbitration, as anything short of that is simply a form of servitude.

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