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Striking Teachers Can’t Lose September 16, 2008

Posted by papundit in Uncategorized.
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Under current law public school teachers can go on strike without losing any money.  Meanwhile, parents have to bear the costs of emergency childcare when teachers go on strike.  Simon Campbell explains:

Teachers don’t get paid while they are out on strike, but they get to make either 100% of salary for the year, or close to it, due to the requirement in law for students to still get 180 academic days completed by either June 15 or June 30 at the latest.

I say “or close to it” because technically, striking teachers might lose a few workshop days of pay since the union contract is for 192 days not 180 days.  But it is at the union’s discretion as to whether or not they strike for every last day possible.  So they could still end up with 100% of pay in a number of different scenarios.

Teacher unions derive an unfair advantage from this ability to impose striking costs unilaterally on parents.  Most other unions face two less palatable alternatives: Tax their members to create a “strike fund” to pay striking workers, or else the workers give up their wages for the duration of a strike.

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1. Teachers Strikes: Kids, Parents & Taxpayers Lose | PAWaterCooler.com - September 16, 2008

[…] Who’s going to be brave enough to break these people? Teacher unions derive an unfair advantage from this ability to impose striking costs unilaterally on parents. Most other unions face two less palatable alternatives: Tax their members to create a “strike fund” to pay striking workers, or else the workers give up their wages for the duration of a strike. […]


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