[Ed. – Outrageous]
In the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is supposed to be the Year of the Dog, but a more suitable name might end up being the “Year of the Illegal Teacher Strike.” Hundreds of thousands of students in Kentucky and Oklahoma had no class Monday while their public-school teachers protested at state capitols during strikes for higher pay. Oklahoma’s teachers union is demanding $10,000 pay increases phased in over the next three years.
West Virginia teachers recently concluded a statewide walkout after illegally leaving their classrooms for nine days. Teachers in Jersey City, the Garden State’s second-largest metropolis, also illegally walked off the job for a day in mid-March. Teachers in Arizona are gearing up for illegal statewide strikes of their own, demanding a 20 percent pay hike.
Unions Have Parents By the Throat
Teacher strikes are firmly in the National Lampoon“if-you-don’t-buy-this-magazine-we’ll-kill-this-dog” school of negotiating. Unions know just how seriously disruptive these strikes can be to parents’ lives, so they use helpless children and their put-upon parents as pawns for more money.