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STRIKE: Teachers are seeking respect

Letter by Robert M. Brown, Fircrest on Sep. 16, 2011 at 11:51 am | 6 Comments »
September 16, 2011 2:03 pm

Of the letters concerning the strike in Thursday’s edition, the ones supporting the strike got the real issue correct; those opposing the strike simply claimed Tacoma’s teachers are greedy.

The issue is not money. However, the administration bent the truth to suggest it was. It stopped the bargaining until the issue of transfer language was dealt with in its favor, keeping the money issue alive so they could claim we teachers are greedy.

Transfer language is terribly important to this administration because power is important to it. We teachers believe, and there is three years’ worth of evidence to back this, that our employers would use this power to fire teachers they don’t like by putting us into positions where success is doubtful, or to at least to make our lives miserable by telling us we’re no good.

I’d like to report that in three days of striking, we have received an outpouring of public support. Cars passing by in the Wilson High School zone favor us by approximately 100:1. I personally thank all the children who demonstrated support at our Tacoma Dome meeting on Thursday.

Perhaps The News Tribune’s editorial staff should look at the 93 percent of teachers voting in favor of continuing the strike and question what district administrators are saying more thoroughly.

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