Originally Posted by SafetyBlitz
Listen, a civil service strike is always uncomfortable. Every time a public union strikes there are some people who say "oh my god, they are __________ , they can't strike, they're too important! Think about the _________."
Except when those unions go on strike - when the MTA workers walk out - they don't say "we're doing it for the transit riders". They are striking because they want better pay and working conditions for themselves. Transit riders just have to deal with it in the interim; the union is putting itself first.
And it has every right to.
Teachers' Unions? Well, just read Copernicus' maunderings on here. Why are the teachers striking? It's for the children.
More, that's how the TU positions itself on all issues. It's against testing "for the children." Against teacher evaluations and accountability "for the children"
It's a lie. All of it, on all the various positions, is a lie. Individual teachers may be all about the children. Teachers' Unions are all about the teachers' interests, and the kids are a distant second.
Problem is, they can't rally public opinion with that. So they lie. And twist themselves into Copernican pretzels trying to defend the indefensible.
It's leverage. A teacher strike in the summer isn't a strike.
Sure it is. Replacement teachers are hard to find, and likely of lower quality than the union teachers (and if they aren't, well, that's just more evidence that the union's demands are out of whack). It's all leverage - just not as much. To avoid screwing over the children whose interests the TU constantly claims to put first.