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STRIKE: Teachers won’t lose anything

Letter by Dennis Birnel, Spanaway on Sep. 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm with 4 Comments »
September 26, 2011 3:03 pm

I was extremely disturbed to read about the “poor” Tacoma teachers not getting paid for the days they were out on strike (TNT, 9-24).

I have news for these people: That’s what strikes are about. You are not paid when you are on strike!

The teachers will still get their money. That’s the problem with teacher strikes: They really don’t lose anything.

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  1. Dennis….would you like the students to miss the strike days so that you can get some sort of retribution?

    Maybe you’d like to teach classes to make up for the time….

  2. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    Dennis –

    This is why Teachers strikes are illegal – there is very little downside for hte teachers as they hold children’s education hostage.

    If this were a real strike, the strikers would have put something on the line. The teachers union thought that they risked nothing.

  3. TtownDad says:

    Ok someone explain something to me. How are the teachers ‘holding the students education hostage.’

    The school year is still going to be 180 days. Are you under the assumption that more learning happens in September than in June?

    I know it takes time to think before you type, but please lets atleast pretend to be educated individuals.

  4. commoncents says:

    Yes, Rollo – those Boeing workers really put something on the line with their strikes. Let’s see…52 day strike is 7 weeks or 13.5% of a year. And upon settlement they got 10% of pay (minimum of 5k) with another 1,500 bonus in year 2 and another 1,500 bonus in year 3. That’s not even taking into consideration the 15% (with 5% in year 1) increase in wages over next 4 years. Boy oh boy did they put something on the line.

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