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STRIKE: Law-breaking shouldn’t be tolerated

Letter by Ken Milburn, Bonney Lake on Sep. 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm | 10 Comments »
September 19, 2011 2:17 pm

I am sick of seeing teachers in this state go on strike. Teacher strikes are illegal. If teachers think their job isn’t to their liking, they should  find another line of work. In these economic times, they will not be hard to replace.

There are good reasons why public employee strikes are illegal. Government services are a monopoly. If Safeway clerks go on strike, I can go to Winco to get groceries. Taxpayers have no alternative to get services provided by striking public employees.

Most parents have no alternative but to suffer with the public schools. Even those who might have the money to go private are hamstrung. The unions always wait to strike until the school year has started, leaving parents little option to make other arrangements.

Teacher unions don’t care about the kids. To the union, kids are weapons to use against taxpayers. Teacher strikes are not even real strikes. They’re hostage situations. They’re not strikes because the teachers do not give up anything.

At least when private sector employees strike, those folks give up salary they would have otherwise earned. Not so with teachers. When the strike ends, the school calendar gets re-racked to schedule the required amount of school days and the teachers get their full pay.

Why is this tolerated? Superintendents should fire teachers refusing to report to work and start taking applications. Judges should be levying massive fines against the union for this illegal activity.

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