Strike May Force Classes On Eves Of H...

Strike May Force Classes On Eves Of Holidays

There are 68 comments on the WFMZ story from Oct 22, 2009, titled Strike May Force Classes On Eves Of Holidays. In it, WFMZ reports that:

The on-going teachers strike in the Saucon Valley School District in Northampton County could end up costing students a lot of their holiday vacation time.

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SV_Mom_5

Allentown, PA

#1 Oct 22, 2009
So are the teachers allowed to take vacation for those days and have subs fill in for them??? I hope not!!!!
peanut butter and jelly

Prospect Park, PA

#2 Oct 22, 2009
That stinks! If my kids went to that school, they would be staying home for the vacation of winter, the [email protected]@ with that, we have family traditions, screw that, let the teachers go in and enjoy the holidays at school.
Bill

Ft Mitchell, KY

#3 Oct 22, 2009
Our thanks go out to the teachers who claim they care so much about our children. Maybe the students need to walk out on the teachers once the greedy thugs return to the class room.
SV grandmother

AOL

#4 Oct 22, 2009
teachers use to think of the children and their education now it seems to be only about the money- they get enough already other wise my taxes wouldn't be so darn high - the children are not the only ones they are hurting, the parants are also effected
peanut butter and jelly

Prospect Park, PA

#5 Oct 22, 2009
Bill wrote:
Our thanks go out to the teachers who claim they care so much about our children. Maybe the students need to walk out on the teachers once the greedy thugs return to the class room.
sue do agree with you, they are greedy, and they all should walk out and leave them hangin.
Sick of Them

Bethlehem, PA

#6 Oct 22, 2009
The teachers are holding an entire community hostage. Obviously the teachers feel their needs supercede that of the students, the parents, and the community. They are earning nothing less than the public's disgust and contempt. Has anyone considered how difficult it is going to be for the children when they return to the classroom? How can we expect the children to be respectful of the teachers after they have used the students as pawns in their game?
jones

AOL

#7 Oct 22, 2009
It's all a Maxist plan for a path to socialism . ummm ummmm umm
John

Catasauqua, PA

#8 Oct 22, 2009
jones wrote:
It's all a Maxist plan for a path to socialism . ummm ummmm umm
and Obama is leading the charge.
PARENT

Allentown, PA

#9 Oct 23, 2009
Lets see if the teachers end this, now that the christmas and easter breaks have been tken away. Oh ya, I am sure the teacher will take their vac days then, how nice for them. I take my kids out of school and it counts against them!!!
layed off

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Oct 23, 2009
They should be thankful that they have a job and a paycheck. If they had to rely on unemployment checks or no paychecks coming in, they would be crying trying to make ends meet like the rest of the state of Pennsylvania who are trying to find jobs. Take a look around SVSD people are losing thier jobs, homes,struggling to put food on thier table. Last thing they need is for school district taxes to go up because you are not happy with what you have at SVSD. Here's a suggetion for SVSD employees if your not happy leave good luck trying to find another job and recieve a better package deal then the one you already have with SVSD.
peanut butter and jelly

Glenolden, PA

#11 Oct 23, 2009
Hope they are happy, I used to have a lot of respect for teachers, they don't care about these kids, only one thing, and one thing only! They need to be sending out apologies to every family, this was a waste of time, time, education!!
Get it straight

Allentown, PA

#12 Oct 23, 2009
Sick of Them wrote:
The teachers are holding an entire community hostage. Obviously the teachers feel their needs supercede that of the students, the parents, and the community. They are earning nothing less than the public's disgust and contempt. Has anyone considered how difficult it is going to be for the children when they return to the classroom? How can we expect the children to be respectful of the teachers after they have used the students as pawns in their game?
Do none of you read the papers? Mr. Puerta is still trying to extract his foot from his mouth. In one breath he states "We're coming to listen primarily" that he is waiting for the leaders of the union to "quantify" their objections. And in the next breath he acknowledges fully that "we seem to be hung up on the question of graduate credits." So, what's it gonna be, Mr. Puerta--feigning ignorance or trying to seek a resolution? The Board's "slip is showing" and if they reject the generous offer by the ministry to jump in and get involved...well, shame on them, for it's the Board determining the fate of your beloved vacation days holding you "hostage." By the way, teachers are not compensated for those holidays--they are contracted for a specific number of days per school year and are paid for those days only. Don't you think it's about time you get the facts straight?

And finally, an opinion worth the read rendered by Lee Weidner of Hellertown, appears in today's Express Times:

"Saucon board lusting for power, not the teachers
Friday, October 23, 2009

I take umbrage with the Oct. 15 editorial, "Teacher strike about greed." The Saucon Valley strike is about lust for power, i.e., Puerta power. Board President Ralph Puerta is attempting to create an everlasting kingdom on earth, and the rest of the school board members are pawns. Puerta counts teachers as peons.

I believe that about a year ago the teachers association prevailed in an arbitration hearing, but the board rejected that impartial decision. Puerta power prevailed. He is certainly an important business owner in Bethlehem. However, he does not own the district.

The most important people in any school district are students and teachers. First, discipline must be achieved. Next, learning can occur. About 1970, administrators and school boards began separating from teachers. Dress codes for students no longer counted, and then discipline began a dive thanks to weak administrators who were afraid of parents. As the years passed, students being disciplined by teachers asked, "May I go to Mr. Assistant Principal?" instead of previously stating, "please don't send me to Mr.-----."

Teachers are not "sheep in labor negotiating," but school board members and administrators who are numerous and make outrageous salaries are. Forget about the silly suggestion that legislators should remove the right to strike. It has worsened conditions in New York and other states. How do I know? I read quite a bit and taught for nearly 3˝ decades in a nearby public school district."
John

Catasauqua, PA

#13 Oct 23, 2009
Get it straight:

If you could not strike, how did you get a contract passed?
Proud Mommy

Glenolden, PA

#14 Oct 23, 2009
I went to that school many years ago, teachers were nice, they would not do that back then.
Saucon Parent

Mays Landing, NJ

#15 Oct 23, 2009
I am encouraging other parents to join me, I am not sending my children to that school over the holidays. I will be dammed if those SOB teachers are going to ruin my children's holiday. Holiday time is special in my house and those SOB's will not ruin it. What can they do if no students show up? I say let those stupid teachers sit in empty classrooms, oh wait, they won't be there either as they will use their vacation time. These teachers are now the disgrace of the community, just wait until our sons and daughters return to the classroom, I hope they show you the same amount of respect you have shown them and the community. Teachers, ROT IN HELL!
Saucon Resident

Mays Landing, NJ

#16 Oct 23, 2009
This is too funny, I saw one teacher on the picket line today picking her nose, another was picking a wedge. Class acts all the way. What a disgrace and a joke these teachers are.
Just sayin

Allentown, PA

#17 Oct 23, 2009
Saucon Parent wrote:
I am encouraging other parents to join me, I am not sending my children to that school over the holidays. I will be dammed if those SOB teachers are going to ruin my children's holiday. Holiday time is special in my house and those SOB's will not ruin it. What can they do if no students show up? I say let those stupid teachers sit in empty classrooms, oh wait, they won't be there either as they will use their vacation time. These teachers are now the disgrace of the community, just wait until our sons and daughters return to the classroom, I hope they show you the same amount of respect you have shown them and the community. Teachers, ROT IN HELL!
I couldn't agree more! The parents should hold a strike of their own. Everyone SHOULD keep their kids home over the holidays and let the teachers sit at the school with their thumbs up their fat [email protected]@es! Happy holidays.
Anonymous

Far Hills, NJ

#18 Oct 23, 2009
What part don’t you understand?
It doesn’t matter how many times you ask.
It doesn’t matter how many different ways you ask.
It doesn’t matter how many times you demand.
It doesn’t matter how many different ways you demand.
Your employer has made their final offer.
Accept it or move on.

The Board is elected by the community.
The Board is representing the community.
The Board is acting as charged by the community.
The community is saying NO MORE.

All of the figures have been skewed as much as they ever will be.
All of the negotiating is done.
The offer is there. Accept it or move on.

It does not matter how long you walk the picket line.
The answer is still, NO. No more.
Accept the offer or move on.
Former Teacher

Allentown, PA

#19 Oct 23, 2009
Yeah, keep your keeps home when education is actually available. That'll show-em!

There goes the argument for teachers (and not you) keeping education from your kids. There goes the argument that teachers are causing extra childcare expenses.

There goes the argument that teachers have it so easy. Keep the kids home and see how much easier the teacher's job becomes.

Sheesh!
FEED UP TOO

Glenolden, PA

#20 Oct 23, 2009
Saucon Parent wrote:
I am encouraging other parents to join me, I am not sending my children to that school over the holidays. I will be dammed if those SOB teachers are going to ruin my children's holiday. Holiday time is special in my house and those SOB's will not ruin it. What can they do if no students show up? I say let those stupid teachers sit in empty classrooms, oh wait, they won't be there either as they will use their vacation time. These teachers are now the disgrace of the community, just wait until our sons and daughters return to the classroom, I hope they show you the same amount of respect you have shown them and the community. Teachers, ROT IN HELL!
Hell yea I'm with you, won't be sending my children either during holiday vacation, Those teachers are sob's my kids love school, it's a real shame how messed up the teachers are!

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