Teachers strike in Souderton District

Teachers strike in Souderton District

There are 153 comments on the The Morning Call story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Teachers strike in Souderton District. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Souderton Area High School student Bianca Cavacini was not in school Tuesday because of a teachers strike but she was at school anyway.

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paTOca

Riverside, CA

#21 Sep 3, 2008
Cone wrote:
easy to strike when you don't lose any money - they'll get their regular salary for the year.
absolutely wrong -when teachers go on strike, they do not get paid.
Truth

Palmerton, PA

#22 Sep 3, 2008
Once again you don't get it the 8% is not all at once it is over the time of the contract. So that is about 2% per year.
LV reader wrote:
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Your argument doesn't make sense.
If an 3% tax increase on a $6000 tax bill is needed to support an 8% wage increase. The teacher earning the average salary ($61K)would get a $4800 increase and have to pay $180 in additional tax.
Who wouldn't jump at that deal?
boomer215

Anderson, IN

#23 Sep 3, 2008
Truth wrote:
Once again you don't get it the 8% is not all at once it is over the time of the contract. So that is about 2% per year.
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At first the union demanded about 48% increase over five years - average was 9.5% per year.

It's latest demand is now an average of 8.2% per year for 4 years which is a 32+% increase. It is not an 8% sread out over 4 years.
Atown

Allentown, PA

#24 Sep 3, 2008
For your info, we don't lose any money because we usually make up any days we miss at the end of the year!

People don't realize that teachers work 1-2 weeks before the beg. of the school year and 1-2 weeks at the end of the school year!!!!!
Cone wrote:
easy to strike when you don't lose any money - they'll get their regular salary for the year.
More Truth

Emmaus, PA

#25 Sep 3, 2008
Truth wrote:
Once again you don't get it the 8% is not all at once it is over the time of the contract. So that is about 2% per year.
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Actually they're looking for 8.2% per year for four years.
LV reader

Lansdale, PA

#26 Sep 3, 2008
paTOca wrote:
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absolutely wrong -when teachers go on strike, they do not get paid.
Where do you get this information from? The state mandates a 180 day school year and teachers will get their salary for completing the school year. Are you trying to imply that because there won't be a pay check this week, that the teachers are losing money?
Concerned Citizen

Allentown, PA

#27 Sep 3, 2008
This is simple stuff, they want a total of 35% increases in salary over a 4 year period - SO DO I! I'd give them 30% up front as long as the union is busted in their school district. This group is under the average for the LV area, but the increases proposed will kill the tax payers.
LV reader

Lansdale, PA

#28 Sep 3, 2008
Truth wrote:
Once again you don't get it the 8% is not all at once it is over the time of the contract. So that is about 2% per year.
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Dude, 2% wouldn't keep up with inflation.
If the school board didn't agree to a 2% increase the community would attacking the school board.
Logic

Northampton, PA

#29 Sep 3, 2008
Concerned Citizen wrote:
This is simple stuff, they want a total of 35% increases in salary over a 4 year period - SO DO I! I'd give them 30% up front as long as the union is busted in their school district. This group is under the average for the LV area, but the increases proposed will kill the tax payers.
Image how much worse they would be if it was a free market system. Health care anyone...
Only Me

Reading, PA

#30 Sep 3, 2008
what wrote:
Athletic teams for ninth through 12 grade will continue playing but other afterschool activities, including the marching band and clubs, will not, Superintendent Charles Amuso said.
HEAVEN FORBID WE PUT A STOP TO SPORTS, THEN PEOPLE WOULD BE REALLY MAD. LITTLE JOEY NEEDS THAT ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP.
What your saying is "teachers cross the picket line for sports". Maybe parents should just keep the "young jocks" at home to end the strike.
Waldo

Bethlehem, PA

#31 Sep 3, 2008
From the mountains wrote:
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Both groups are dirt bags, Although take an admins salary and divide it by the number of days or better yet by the hours including night meetings and teachers probably do more per hour.
Either way both groups are leaches and self serving. They want to be called professionals, but most professionals get paid based on performance not hostage taking.
The PSEA must go, it promotes mediocrity. Not to mention it`s a bunch of socialist liberal Obama supporters.
another inbred from the mountains... shut up ... you sound uneducated. teachers deserve every penny they get!
Planktin

Brooklyn, NY

#33 Sep 3, 2008
GEt rid of Unions and go Performance Based....
Obama Bin Biden

Temple Hills, MD

#34 Sep 3, 2008
This strike is George Bush's fault and McCain wants to give us more of the same.
Obama Bin Biden

Temple Hills, MD

#35 Sep 3, 2008
Good thing your wife doesn't demand performance based or you would be on the street.
Planktin wrote:
GEt rid of Unions and go Performance Based....
TRUTH

Palmerton, PA

#36 Sep 3, 2008
LV reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Your argument doesn't make sense.
If an 3% tax increase on a $6000 tax bill is needed to support an 8% wage increase. The teacher earning the average salary ($61K)would get a $4800 increase and have to pay $180 in additional tax.
Who wouldn't jump at that deal?
You didn't even answer the original posters comments. Societies issues come from self-centered, egotistical people like yourself. Get a life.
acesn8s

United States

#37 Sep 3, 2008
LV reader wrote:
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Where do you get this information from? The state mandates a 180 day school year and teachers will get their salary for completing the school year. Are you trying to imply that because there won't be a pay check this week, that the teachers are losing money?
180 day school year for the children. The teachers still have to report to work before the school year begins for the kids, as well as after the kids are done. Plus they have in-service days to attend.

When teachers strike, they do not get paid.
wow

Northampton, PA

#38 Sep 3, 2008
this is just the beginning of the rise of unions! more schools will be taking this route..this is just the beginning!
From the mountains

Stroudsburg, PA

#39 Sep 3, 2008
Truth wrote:
Wrong each day you strike you go a day without pay. Your salary is prorated then it is deducted from you pay. Learn the facts. Going out on strike is a very dificult thing to do and is a LAST resort.
<quoted text>
Wrong, by law they will still have to teach the required days even extending into summer so there salary will still be the same divided by 26 weeks or whatever. Their incredible benefits will also continue.
Now if what you said was true they might think twice.
truth is wrong

AOL

#40 Sep 3, 2008
they'll still be done teaching in June at the same time. wiggle room with snow days for starters. They don't lose any pay for being on strike.

smokestream to make you think they are giving anything up. Arbitrators are former school teachers so guess where it's gonna go.
truth is wrong

AOL

#41 Sep 3, 2008
Arbs don't care about seniors, or cost of living or what the outside people make. They care about comparison to other school disricts and thats all.

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