Saucon teachers likely to strike Monday

Saucon teachers likely to strike Monday

There are 319 comments on the The Morning Call story from Sep 12, 2008, titled Saucon teachers likely to strike Monday. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Talks between the Saucon Valley School District and the teachers union broke down late Thursday night, and a strike Monday appears imminent.

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Ugh

Allentown, PA

#1 Sep 12, 2008
Maybe teachers should spend some time working in the real world first
la la

AOL

#2 Sep 12, 2008
"The district is asking teachers, who currently do not pay for individual coverage, to pay $30 for their own health care insurance per month in the first year of the four-year contract, along with $45 per spouse and $80 for a family. Those amounts would increase to $80,$110 and $180, respectively, in the final year."

So, is this saying that in the final year, health coverage will cost $180 per family or $370? I would love to only have to pay $370 for family coverage while making what these teachers make.
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#3 Sep 12, 2008
Saucon Valley Teachers are the highest paid teachers in Northampton County.
These are the figures for 2006-2007.
Add the raises they got last year to figure their 2007-2008 (last year’s) salaries.

Then look at what they are demanding now.

http://php.app.com/PAteachers0607/results.php...
Education volunteer

Kintnersville, PA

#4 Sep 12, 2008
Ugh wrote:
Maybe teachers should spend some time working in the real world first
I would love for you to spend some time in education, also. I do, from time to time. I have seen people from the private sector change careers and turn to teaching, and it often times becomes a rude awakening for that person. The salaries and benefits must stay competitive with the private sector or we will lose many current and future talented teachers. When that happens, then watch what happens to education in America. It won't be pretty.
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#5 Sep 12, 2008
Saucon Valley School District Facts:

G. What is our current level of educational spending? We have the highest per pupil spending in Northampton County. We are the only school district in the county to be spending at the amount recommended by the Costing Out Study authorized by the state legislature.

H. What is our current tax rate? We have the highest tax rate in Northampton County.

I. Have we fairly compensated our teachers? We pay our teachers better than any other school district in Northampton County. If we take our current list of teachers and pay them according to the 2008-09 salary schedule of any other school district in the county, they would receive less. If they accept our salary proposal they will remain the highest paid teachers in the county.
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#6 Sep 12, 2008
The union mentality:
I want
I will take it from you
I will justify it in my own mind any way I see fit
I don’t want to do it
It’s not my fault
I have no choice
I’ve been forced to do it

Hauntingly similar to the words of an addict. Most individuals that feel this way are forced or strongly encouraged to seek counseling.

Unions need to be busted in this country. Strikes are hostage situations. In the case of striking teachers, they are holding our children hostage for their personal gain.

Anyone who walks off their job should be replaced.
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#7 Sep 12, 2008
Time to end this greed run by the teachers. Parents, meet the teachers at the picket line. If the teachers want to take this to the streets, let’s meet them there.
Wow

Allentown, PA

#8 Sep 12, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
The union mentality:
I want
I will take it from you
I will justify it in my own mind any way I see fit
I don’t want to do it
It’s not my fault
I have no choice
I’ve been forced to do it
Hauntingly similar to the words of an addict. Most individuals that feel this way are forced or strongly encouraged to seek counseling.
Unions need to be busted in this country. Strikes are hostage situations. In the case of striking teachers, they are holding our children hostage for their personal gain.
Anyone who walks off their job should be replaced.
Go away and get a life.
Mac

Hellertown, PA

#9 Sep 12, 2008
The school board should hold their position. If the teachers think they can do better elsewhere, let them. In this economy most people would love to have a contract with 4.5% per year salary increase guaranteed for the next five years. Most workers would welcome the health and retirement benefits being offered to them.
la la

AOL

#10 Sep 12, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
Saucon Valley Teachers are the highest paid teachers in Northampton County.
These are the figures for 2006-2007.
Add the raises they got last year to figure their 2007-2008 (last year’s) salaries.
Then look at what they are demanding now.
http://php.app.com/PAteachers0607/results.php...
Northampton Saucon Valley SD
GARVIN JULIA M
Family/Consumer Sciences, Secondary
$76,269

WOW! I realize she's been there a long time, but $76,269 for cooking and sewing? I'm definitely in the wrong profession!
Lower Saucon Resident

San Antonio, TX

#11 Sep 12, 2008
I'm glad that board held their ground! I understand the need for a modest pay increase; but everyone with health insurance should pay SOMETHING! Teaching was never intended to be a get rich profession. If you want more money, change jobs!

These teachers just proved a point, their there for the money NOT the kids. Isn't it wonderful how greed works?
john

Northampton, PA

#12 Sep 12, 2008
These strikes have to STOP! What a bunch of bs.
it takes two

Trexlertown, PA

#13 Sep 12, 2008
www.svteachers.org

The teachers WANT to negotiate. We've got three days to do it, so PLEASE do so! 3 1/2 hrs, when an academic year is at stake, is ridiculous. They should have been talking all night if that's what it takes. It should never have taken the board 5 MONTHS to present the union with the initial contract in the first place!

No teacher I've spoken to wants to strike, but it's not nearly as simple as how it's being made out to be. Sure, I want my kids to be in school, but I also want the board to stop releasing manipulated news stories to the press!
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#14 Sep 12, 2008
You would like us to go away.
That’s not going to happen.
We will be just as disruptive to your strike as your strike is to the school system.
You will be treated according to how you act.
Wow wrote:
<quoted text>
Go away and get a life.
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#15 Sep 12, 2008
Then don't.
it takes two wrote:
No teacher I've spoken to wants to strike,
a concened parent

Kulpsville, PA

#16 Sep 12, 2008
Saucon is asking for volunteers to run its sports programs, unfortunately it really isn't feasible given the clearances you need to satisfy regulations. I want to know if the coaches are pd a lump sump payment for the salaries listed and if so will they have to repay some of it because they choose not to coach? They should not be compensated if they won't coach.
BID

Nazareth, PA

#18 Sep 12, 2008
If you strike, there should be no unemployment. It is ypur OPTION to work or not. Go ahead and strike, but if another school district needs a teacher, you better be available and get your butts to work if you want to claim unemployment. I would love to send them all over within a 50 mile radius to teach at inner city schools, that might open their eyes. The union reps for the teachers get money no matter what happens, they will end up getting a raise after you get yours. Think about who the strike benefits...nobody but the union.
Duh

Palmerton, PA

#19 Sep 12, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
The union mentality:
I want
I will take it from you
I will justify it in my own mind any way I see fit
I don’t want to do it
It’s not my fault
I have no choice
I’ve been forced to do it
Hauntingly similar to the words of an addict. Most individuals that feel this way are forced or strongly encouraged to seek counseling.
Unions need to be busted in this country. Strikes are hostage situations. In the case of striking teachers, they are holding our children hostage for their personal gain.
Anyone who walks off their job should be replaced.
.

Can't you come up with something new instead of saying the same old same old? Your argument is weak and has no merit. You remind me of John McCain.
Duh

Palmerton, PA

#20 Sep 12, 2008
Lower Saucon Resident wrote:
I'm glad that board held their ground! I understand the need for a modest pay increase; but everyone with health insurance should pay SOMETHING! Teaching was never intended to be a get rich profession. If you want more money, change jobs!
These teachers just proved a point, their there for the money NOT the kids. Isn't it wonderful how greed works?
It's about earning enough to pay the bills. I am a teacher and I just make ends meet with my twin home I live in. There isn't a reason in the world that I should be struggling, even holding a Master's degree. In the business world with a Master's degree I would be living in one of those McMansions.
get real

Foreman, AR

#22 Sep 12, 2008
Duh wrote:
<quoted text>
It's about earning enough to pay the bills. I am a teacher and I just make ends meet with my twin home I live in. There isn't a reason in the world that I should be struggling, even holding a Master's degree. In the business world with a Master's degree I would be living in one of those McMansions.
Not really, it's about living within your means. If you can't afford your house you shouldn't have moved in, period.

Just because you have a masters degree doesn't mean people should be handing you money. Yes, you went to school for a few more years and that is good, but you still need to earn you keep. Maybe you should check out the business world, it might be a better fit for you, who knows.

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