Skip to comments.Striking teachers scream insults at substitute teachers
Posted on 03/20/2013 6:38:46 PM PDT by markomalley
Now in its third week, a teachers strike in Strongsville, Ohio has parents, teachers and administrators at wits end, after several tense exchanges between the strikers and the substitute teachers filling in for them.
Earlier this month, Strongsville public teachers went on strike following failed contract negotiations between their union and the city. The city wants to cut the states contribution to teacher pensions; in exchange, the union wants a compensatory salary increase. The current average salary for a Strongsville teacher is $64,450, according to local reports.
Since then, the strike has occasionally turned ugly.
Video footage showed striking teachers gathered around the police station, harassing substitute teachers who were applying for interim positions at Strongsville schools. The teachers shouted scab, and go home, at several applicants, who were escorted into the building by police.
One protester shouted Rosa Parks would be ashamed at a black woman attempting to enter the building, prompting a police officer to inform the crowd that that woman was on police business, not applying for a job.
The spectacle has angered some parents, who say the teachers are setting a poor example for their kids.
This strike is embarrassing the community, and its been going on too long, said Paul Komarek, who recently organized a counter-protest to encourage teachers to end the strike, in a statement.
Even some of the students agree.
Maybe theyll get a little more mature about it and come back for their students sake, said high school senior Lydia Kareha. I hope they see this and understand that what theyre doing is ridiculous, to an extent.
The union representing the teachers, the Strongsville Education Association, maintains that the city is deliberately prolonging the strike to save money, because substitute teachers are cheaper than regular teachers.
The Board wants to prolong this strike to make money, while the students of the district continue to suffer, said SEA President Tracy Linscott in a statement.
Are you JUST NOW beginning to discover this? I could tell you stories that would make your hair curl.
The stiking commie piggies are the same morons who tell us how much they love “teaching the churldren”. There isn’t a REAL teacher in the bunch.
Mass firing and mass hiring.
“Maybe theyll get a little more mature about it and come back for their students sake, said high school senior Lydia Kareha.”
This kid, I guess, is going to have to LEARN THE HARD WAY what 15% of us FReeper-parents already know - which is that the LAST THING public school teachers care about is the students.
(by the way, the other 85% of Freeper-parents think like this girl, which is why they STILL CONTINUE to send their kids to these government facilities)
Would’nt you be mad as heck if your $64 thousand salary for 9 months work was in jeopardy?
And the teachers are just innocent bystanders?
The “professionals” showing their “professionalism.”
So....the SEA President is saying one "teacher" isn't as good as another "teacher"!
But, it’s for the kids. /sarc You can throw all the money in the world at them and it won’t be enough and it certainly won’t make them better teachers. Fire’em.
The Teachers Union is so big that their students fail.
The Teachers Union is so big that their students fail.
Just one of several reasons why I have an extreme dislike of unions especially public sector unions such as this.
The Union's teacher/employees invested their money, time and faith unwisely.
It's never wise to trust any government at any level.
One would think educated people would know that....LOL!
Based on my experience with unions it is virtually impossible to embarrass a union. The sense of entitlement is staggering at times.
The MAIN holdout is a 2-year freeze that was implemented when revenues couldn't sustain the step salary increases. Now, the Teachers will ONLY accept a new contract that gives them pay increases going forward, AND, MUST INCLUDE THE "BACK PAY" that was the frozen step increase portion. They want "BACK PAY", and their average current salary is $60K plus, AND, their Benefits (Medical/Retirement/etc.) puts them in the $80K+ range, for a 9-month job. NONE of them will allow skills testing for competency, because they have Tenure, and can't be dismissed for incompetence that way. Public Sector Unions should be BANNED; they are EMPLOYED by the TAXPAYERS.
Union thugs from outside Strongsville have been on the picket lines, and they have had Teachers arrested for disobeying police orders, AND, for doing Criminal property damaging.
I hope the School Board keeps them out for the remainder of the School Year, and in the summer, they should just hire ALL new non-Union Teachers (plenty of quality Teachers would LOVE to come to the School System, where pay and benefits are FAR BETTER than nearly every school district in the State of Ohio).
Somebody needs to make up a good compilation of these spitting union-thug “educators” to be viewed at the next Town meeting.
Put them in ads on cable TV, action shot posters. The public should be getting a quality education about “education” from this “teachable moment”.
The question is: How much do these teachers recieve/year after retirement? Probably very close to their 64K salary. That goes a long way in Ohio, doesn’t it?
For a 9 month a year job! And I thought the average in our district was overly generous at $60K. This, in an area where a pretty decent home sells for around $130K.
This is why REAL “professionals” do not need unions.
Photoshop the signs with the truth:
“I am fighting to protect my pension.”
“On Break, Need Smokes”
Not to undermine the job teachers do, let us face the cold hard truth. A teacher’s job does not require much risk, no need to invent anything, no need to design a new concept, no chance of getting sued due to product failure, no need to learn new theoretical stuff, and not much risk of a layoff.
All of above risks are ever present in the life of a person working for a profit making outfit. And to top it off, most people are lucky to get 2 weeks paid vacation. Not 3 months paid time off in summer.
Based on all that, teachers in high-school and below do not deserve any more than the average salary of a factory worker.
They want to be known as (Professionals) Professional what, they have a meaningless degree, too much money for 9 month’s work. What else could they want. Time for a Mass Fire and Mass Hire.
Teachers should fund their own benefits out of their existing salary. Period.
I would not be a public school teacher for all the tea in China!!
“Wouldnt you be mad as heck if your $64 thousand salary for 9 months work was in jeopardy?”
HEre in NJ many teachers cost a lot more than that (which is why the state is in a death spiral). The nonsense about saving money because subs cost less is a crock, too; in most of these negotiations back pay is given to the teachers for the time spent on strike.
“Based on all that, teachers in high-school and below do not deserve any more than the average salary of a factory worker.”
You see that here in NJ; while the public school cartel makes boatloads of money, teachers in private schools are paid about half as much (the going rate in the private sector).
Public schools are public enemy #1. Home school NOW.
These teachers are nothing more than common thieves...living off of money confiscated from other Americans. They are scum.
From those people who claim to be dedicated to the children.
Sure. The kid’s education comes first.
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Almost all of the others could be found working a variety of jobs. Some would help out on a relative's farm, one worked in the hardware store. A few helped set up for and even manned booths in the county fair. One of them even performed in rodeos around the region. Another, a great music teacher, learned how to do a better job repairing musical instruments than what the school district was paying shipping them out to a big city and ended up setting up a very successful business in his basement doing just that.
We had some great teachers with a wide variety of real life experiences to add to their classroom teaching. For a podunk town in a backwater region of the United States, we produced a lot of great students who went on to productive and successful careers.
But much less so since the teacher's union came in. In my era, high school teachers (mostly) went into the profession because they actually enjoyed teaching but wanted the summers off to pursue other interests. Now, they mostly go into it for the money and stability, neither of which has much to do with how well they produce.
My daughter will graduate this year, and for the most part, the vast majority of her K-12 teachers have been great at their jobs!There are always exceptions, but the few I have encountered, were easily dealt with.
We’ve always seen some of her former and current teachers moonlighting at part time jobs, elsewhere.
But I have always made a concerted effort to avoid large cities.
At no time in the past 12 years have any of her school teachers “manned a strike line”.
I guess I should also point out that I made it a point to live in “right to work” states.
Frankly, I’ve always had bigger gripes against the non-teaching, bloated and grossly overpaid district level administration staff.
Not to mention the local political “boards”, and their staff.
Abolish the Federal Department of Education, fire over 50% of every state’s current non-teaching school administrative staffing levels, and most problems are instantly solved!
In business, it is known as “right-sizing” the company.
In government, it is known as “refocusing on the primary mission”.
For bloodsucking politicians, bureaucrats and Unions, it is known as “the jig is up”.