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STRIKE: Teachers used their only leverage

Letter by Scott Thompson, Puyallup on Sep. 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm | 12 Comments »
September 26, 2011 3:11 pm

Re: “Thank Gregoire for ending Tacoma’s pointless strike” (editorial, 9-25).

The News Tribune seems to think that the strike was all a big waste of time. The teachers made their point by sticking to their principles and being willing to take the criticism.

Parents often make reasonable requests of their children only to be ignored until more pressure is brought to bear on the issue. The potential of losing a game system, toy or privilege is not nearly as powerful as actually carrying through on that promise. Businesses react when customers threaten to take their business elsewhere or cancel their subscriptions.

Teachers are a labor union, and the threat of a strike is their final bargaining chip when they are unsuccessful with other methods. This was an agonizing decision they made, and the high percentage of teachers willing to strike tells you that problems existed. The bottom line is that it is all about the leverage you apply to the problem.

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