That Can’t Be Right; Teacher’s Unions Are Supposed to be Evil
The pay may be low in
, but the stakes are unbelievably high. Drugs, poverty and gang-related violence have left a trail of hardship and heartbreak across the city. In 2010 Chester Chester had the highest murder rate in , and just 18 months ago the city was operating under a state of emergency after a rash of violence. Pennsylvania
But people do live there and that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it is that the school district has run out of money.
Chester Upland, one of the poorest districts in Pennsylvania, made the stunning announcement in December that, without an infusion of cash from the state, it could no longer make payroll – starting with employees’ January 18th checks.
Devastating state budget cuts had rendered the district destitute and had left its teachers, support professionals and administrators with two choices – find other employment, or continue showing up to work with no certainty of when they would be paid as promised.
So everyone who has been following the news about the greedy, care-only-about-themselves teacher’s union would surmise that the teachers would walk off the job, after all, all they care about is their own paychecks and benefits.
That did not happen.
At an early January meeting, members of the Chester Upland Education Association and the Chester Upland Education Support Personnel Association, affiliates of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association, passed a resolution promising to stay on the job – even without pay – as long as they were individually able. The teachers and support professionals vowed to band together to keep the schools running for as long as they could.
But don’t tell the Conservatives who are trying to destroy teacher unions with restrictive laws and destroy public education with destructive cuts and diversion of public tax money to private schools. It would ruin their day.