You're missing the point...he lived a great life and knew he had a really good job. He didn't complain and was disappointed with many of the teachers he worked with because he felt they didn't really "get it". It's a good job with good benefits."My Uncle retired after 30 years as a teacher in Quincy, MA.
He never missed an opportunity to tell us...
- I love my job working with kids"
Good for him.
"- I have never been late for dinner"
Then I guess he did not attend or volunteer to chaperone. Certainly didn't go on to any trips in other countries!
"- I have never been forced to work a weekend"
Forced no. But did he work most weekends? The average teacher works on Sunday more than the average worker. See previous post for the study.
"- I have never lost sleep over potentially losing my job"
I guess he didn't live through prop 2 and a half. Or was never in danger of being RIFd
"- I have been thanked very generously around the holidays and end of school year"
Good. And it is certain that elementary school teachers do get thanked, or used to, with small gifts at those times.
"- I pack my house up each June and headed to the Cape each summer."
Wow! Most teachers can do that (if they want to work down there). I assume your uncle did not own a house on the Cape in his first, second, or tenth year of teaching. Or if he did, it wasn't through buying a second mortgage on a single teaching salary. Was it? Or did he go down there to work? Unclear.
"Finally, he retired very comfortably which he was grateful for too."
Good for him.
"I assure you he never complained about how hard his job was because he saw how hard others had to work."
And isn't this the problem on this board - that some are assuming that teaching is not hard work. Having worked in private industry for 15 years before breaking into teaching I know how hard I worked there - usually 5 or 6 10 hour days a week with 2 weeks off for vacation a year. I took three sick days and went home early once.
That said, I work harder now. Would all teachers say this? Certainly not.
But the idea is we all work hard. I have not seen so far any teachers complaining about how little non-union private sector workers are working, or asking that they all be fired, or that they should have higher co-pays, etc. Speaking for myself, my wish for private sector workers is the same as when I worked in it - better pay, better benefits and better work conditions - the same things teachers want!
Your credibility suffers when you say things like "we all work hard". In every profession some do and some don't and teaching is no different. With that said, you have decided to be treated and judged as a group/union and taxpayers are done with the union. Here's the good news, if you don't like it or feel that you are being treated fairly, you can resign.