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STRIKE: Teachers union has a lot of gall

Letter by Belinda A. Burns, Tacoma on Sep. 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm with 8 Comments »
September 26, 2011 3:18 pm

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.

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  1. “How about parents who had to come up with $35 per day per child for child care while the teachers were off”

    So…..public schools are daycare? What are you going to do if schools are privatized and the operator of the school decides they need to shut down to balance the budget?

    Do you think you’ll have the right to sue?

  2. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    Hear Hear Belinda!

    I thought the teachers were out of touch, I just didn’t realize how much until I heard the whining about their un-earned pay.

  3. itwasntmethistime says:

    At least the teachers are going to earn the missed money later. Not so for the people who had to take time off work because of the strike.

  4. KARDNOS- Sometimes you make absolutely no sense at all.

    The point by Belinda was the unanticipated costs associated with finding day care for the time their children would have been in school.

  5. theglovesRoff says:


  6. The teachers are not going to pay any substantial consequences for striking. And you don’t have to think of the classroom as day care to “get” the problems created for working parents by this strike, but then expecting Kardnos to think beyond the end of his nose has proven to be pretty much impossible. I’ll tell you what irks me the most about the whole thing and that was the way the union worked the system to convince naive and trusting teachers that this really was about the kids. Teachers whose basic instincts told them not to strike ended up being convinced that they were really doing a good thing and no one would get hurt. They were used by the union for purposes that go far beyond securing a better pay package or improving the classroom for kids. sigh

  7. bobcat1a says:

    The parents were getting 180 days of daycare from the teachers; they will STILL get 180 days of daycare from the teachers. What’s the complaint?
    Oh, and I bet those “overpaid” teachers would be happy to get $35 per day for each kid they have in class. At $5 per student hour per day, a teacher would make somewhere between $110,000 and $170,000 per 180 day school year. Go ahead; pay daycare wages, make my day.

  8. Hello!…..the strike days will be made up…the teachers will be working EXACTLY the same number of days with or without the strike.

    AND….since the District’s funding was unaffected by the strike, whether they pay the teachers now or later really makes no difference – except as a retribution directed towards the teachers for the strike – hardly a way to heal any wounds.

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