Teachers’ strike a black eye for community

Once more, the Rockford teachers’ union has manipulated the teachers to do the union’s bidding. The strike is a black eye on the community. The best way for an organization to keep its power is to show off its power. Could not the teachers have voted from their respective schools via the Internet? The Coronado, indeed. Could they not have hired an arbitrator to settle the dispute?

Why didn’t we hear from the dozen teachers who were against the strike? I, for one, would like to know their reasons.

In the fall of 1972, my very first year of teaching, a strike was called. Being new and eager to get started, I went to my school to work on lesson plans. I promptly received threatening phone calls and letters. Frightened, I began to wonder if I had chosen an honorable career at all.

Herman Melville once ended a sad short story with the words, “Ah, humanity.” He was right.

Alice Kaczmarek

From the April 18-24, 2012, issue

2 thoughts on “Teachers’ strike a black eye for community

  • Apr 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Those teachers weren’t all against the strike. Some of them voted no because the teachers weren’t going out on strike the next day instead of waiting until Thursday.

  • Apr 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Ms. Kaczmarek, to answer your questions:

    The teachers could not have voted via the internet. They needed to hear the updates and ask questions before making such a serious decision.

    Also, the school district would not allow the REA to use any of the school buildings for a meeting.

    RPS205 would not have agreed to binding arbitration because they lost their shirts the last time, in 1984, that they agreed to it.

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