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  • I think so.

    Now is not the time to be cracking down on teachers "for the sake of the children." They are already underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked. I do not like the idea of our children missing their lessons, but I don't believe restricting their educators' rights is the best solution. However, if finals are approaching, then I think they too should be considerate.

  • Guns dont kill people, people kill people

    Teacher should be able to carry any type of weapon. If a teacher is aloud to carry a gun I think students will feel a lot more safer. But if a teacher ever did carry a firearm they would first have to be trained and be check for any type of mental issue.Only the teacher who wants to use the gun will have access to use the gun not all of the teacher will be forced to have a handgun.

  • Yes they should be allowed

    I do believe that teachers have the right to go on strike because that allows them to express their opinions and make them able to teach our children and our next generation Without teachers the country can't be developed our increased.
    Finally there's no good way to express your feelings without strike.

  • They support our future

    We need teachers. Without them kids wouldn't know/learn as much as they would with them. Teachers are leaders and are teaching future scientist, doctors, and astronauts what they need to know to become those people. Not only should they deserve a raise, there shouldn't even be a debate about it.

  • They support our future

    We need teachers. Without them kids wouldn't know/learn as much as they would with them. Teachers are leaders and are teaching future scientist, doctors, and astronauts what they need to know to become those people. Not only should they deserve a raise, there shouldn't even be a debate about it.

  • They need to

    Teachers get payed so little, yet they need so much. It sucks that a teachers staring net pay is only 2,000$ a month if you say that's not bad, you're an idiot. Do the math. By the time they have bought all the things they need, they have so little money it's not even funny.

  • Hey they don"t get payed much

    Did you know that a teachers have a starting net pay of about 2,000$. That's pretty bad and that's not much. It sucks that teachers get payed so little. They have to pay for every thing in their classroom including paper, pencils, textbooks, and nobody is doing anything about it.

  • Expectations and responsibilities continue to grow while paychecks and respect do not.

    Most teachers get in to teaching to TEACH and help students learn and grow. Teachers should not be expected to be parents. They should not be expected to buy school supplies and food for their students. The paperwork and extra work that has been put on teachers are not what teachers signed up for. If you want to add more responsibilities and expectations, then their paychecks and the respect they get for being professionals should go up as well.

  • It is a constitutional right

    In the U.S. constitution the first amendment supports the freedom of petition and assembly. Imagine putting yourself in a teachers position and your pay is low with lousy working conditions. You would want to fight for the better good. Without the freedom of strike, many teachers would never have a voice heard and work in the shadows all the time. I support this freedom for all teachers.

  • Students Never listen to the teacher

    Students believe they dont have to listen to the teacher because they think they are invincible to everything but they should just be struck in the head they said anything stupid because what dont realize is that what they say is both ignorant and offensive to other people who are there to learn and not be annoyed by outbursts from people who clearly dont know anything at all.

  • They should not be able to strike.

    They basically signed up for teaching and they chose their career and if they didn't want to teach they shouldn't have signed their contract.
    And I hope teachers read their contract before agreeing to it, and if they did not agree with the contract then they shouldn't have signed it.

  • Who is standing for our kids?

    Why is the essential right to education for our kids not protected? Why Ontario teachers, who are public servants, use our kids to negotiate their own benefits? The right to education has to be protected on the constitutional, federal level and never be allowed to be a subject to any negotiations.

  • They are an essential service.

    If teachers hope for support from the public, they are doing a terrible job by holding children's education hostage to get it. When I was in school I could look to teachers as a positive influence, and never heard of a strike. Now it's almost as predictable as the season spring itself.

  • They are an essential service.

    Anyone who wants my compassion to support their needs should in turn support the needs of those they serve. Holding the education of children hostage is a low blow. They should become an essential service as hospital, police, fire department and so forth are. It was never this bad twenty years ago, it's become a forced pay raise year after year.

  • Teachers and their union need a reality check

    -look at the rest of the world or the majority of the workforce who make less and now have to shell out more money to care for our kids.
    -stop the blame game and how teachers don't make that good of salary for the hours they work. This is life.
    -Teachers who have kids and now waiting tables are getting the reality check. They are the ones that are now realizing "hey I actually have it really good"

  • No. Strikes do more damage than good.

    Each teacher strike brings the U.K to a grinding halt for a day. The economic impacts of this cannot be overstated and also the educational impacts, if teachers want more from the governments pot of money how does emptying the pot assist? Secondly the power of such unions can be regarded as monopoly power, this whilst usually thought to be damaging to the economy, is in this instance deemed perfectly acceptable, but why? Thirdly the common argument that 'we all have the right to strike' is a blatant lie. The police force, is completely banned from such actions because they 'it is required by society' and the military also has massive restrictions, therefore some have been denied this right so it is not a basic right. Lastly, the recession has hit all of us, there's no point denying it, all of us want better pay, pensions etc but we do not have the power to get this (unless we happen to be the leader of the national teachers union and grant ourselves a 10% pay rise), yet the teachers complain the most, so let's take this together, not attack the U.K to achieve a rise, how can that possible be considered fair?

  • No they shouldn't

    The unions are disrupting people's lives and innocent children's education, which they themselves have admitted is partly their goal to get people's attention. It is unfair that a bunch of malcontents can force their opinions on the rest of us by threatening to strike if we don't give them what they want. Furthermore I fail to see what their actual goal is here, other than to let everyone know they're still stamping their feet in the background while the rest of us are actually trying to get some work done. You knew when you took the job the salaries weren't going to be huge, but you would get a longer holiday than anyone else in working life, and you know that given the recent climate the country cannot afford to provide the same pensions that it could 30 years ago. We've all felt the pinch, get over it.

  • Read the fine print.

    Teachers ought to read the fine print when it comes to benefits and wages. I have been a public servant for 20 years and have always known what my job responsibilities and benefits would be when I got a new job. Teaching is still a respected profession, but the unions give teachers a bad name. The unions are the problem, not the teachers. Unions protect those who are less than stellar performers simply because they pay a monthly fee to the union. Many teachers go on strike simply because the union majority says to. A union looks at a 51% vote to strike as a 100% vote to strike. This is not fair to the 49% who are unsure, undecided, or satisfied with current working conditions. It is unfair to the rest of the teachers to strike.

  • PATCO STRIKE 1980s

    Air Traffic Controllers work for the people. Their job is so critical to the nation that the option to strike is illegal. When they went on strike they were given one warning to return to work. They didn't, and they were fired. If education is a right, then those who work for schools do not have the ability to deny us that right.

  • No public servants should be allowed to strike

    Teachers can hold hostage an essential government service, the schools, for more pay than their value suggests by striking. It's different when private sector workers strike for pay. The market dictates what the revenue of a company's products are, and what its workers should be paid. It polices itself to a fair wage. Public sector workers have a monopoly. And they have a bottomless stream of taxpayer money they can siphon from until a community bankrupts itself, as many are now seeing.

    Also, only public sector employees like teachers have a say and can vote in their bosses. No other workforce can or should be able to dictate who their bosses are. It leads to abuse and corruption as we've all seen when a union of public sector workers can manipulate and donate huge sums of money to a candidate to get them elected and do their bidding.


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