School board members made a point last week to tout that they avoided a strike last year. The strike avoidance methods of the board is simply to cave to all demands of the union. It's disgusting.The BOE has given union contracts with raises when the rest of the citizens went without raises, many even who lost jobs. Even in a good economy, the price of the union luxury benefits is too much. School benefits and salaries need to be cut back to private sector levels of equal education. By the way, why do we need a masters degree to teach kindergarten-8th grade? This is another unnecessary cost to the district. Lots of waste to cut. The only way the BOE will get the message is if we are willing to endure a strike. We also need new BOE members elected. Wilms and French sound good if they will say no to union demands and threats.
If it came down to a strike now, in this economy, it would only go to show what the teachers (or whomever strikes) are all about: money and their own pocketbooks. The same was true a year ago. When many residents feel lucky to still have a job, or haven't had a raise in more than 4 years, or haven't seen their Social Security check increase at all, a strike would highlight the outright greed and entitlement mentality the union has.
Nice of them to give back that which they haven't yet earned, sure. Agree with the comment elsewhere that administrators, too, need to give back as well. And not just the teachers union, but the other bargaining units also: they all received raises.