I was flabbergasted when I read the quote from Tacoma Education Association president Andy Coons (TNT, 9-24), who stated that the teachers needed their pay or they might not be able to pay their mortgages and that many teachers live paycheck to paycheck.
What does he think happened to all of those parents who had to miss work to take care of kids who were supposed to be in school? How about parents who had to come up with $35 per day per child for child care while the teachers were off not doing their jobs? How about the hourly employees like bus drivers and cafeteria workers who lost pay because these teachers decided to take the law into their own hands?
I think that not only should they not get paid for strike days (just like other striking union members) but they should be fined contempt-of-court fees of upwards of $500 a day per teacher. They have learned nothing from this except that they continue to whine.