In the strategy session for the possible Portland teachers strike set for February 20th (see another post here), Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant discovered teachers expect parents to feed them after the same teachers walk out on their children.
And do you know what? Some parents are dumb enough to bring food to the very people who would abandon their kids. Some parents are dumb enough to believe this possible strike isn’t about money. Some parents are dumb enough to believe this possible strike is about teacher to student ratio. That’s baloney. We know it’s baloney because at the first sniff at funding reductions teachers will throw under the bus any new teachers they claim they need now, ‘for the children.’ They want more union members. That’s it.
Who sits at the bargaining table? Teachers and former teachers. Who bargains for the kids? No one.
Portland Teachers who have already voted to strike are planning what they hope is a massive protest Thursday, February 20th. In a strategy session recorded by Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant, teachers say they plan to protest from 8am-to-noon on the 20th. However, as you’ll note below, they haven’t bothered to reserve the space for their hoped for protest.
I remember how the board ran away when 50 or 60 of these guys turned up at the school board meeting running like nobody’s business. I just don’t think they have the spang for this.
The teachers believe the mere threat of a protest will force the Portland school board to fold. The issues are money and hiring more teachers. Watch the video and listen to one of the teachers say she doesn’t think the Portland School Board has the guts–the ‘spang’– for a major protest.
The word ‘spang’ sent me to the authority on these things, the Urban Dictionary, where I found,
“Bulls**t, get off it, education’s not for profit!” Well, unless you’re a teacher, apparently.
It should be noted the teachers have not bothered to book the space for their protest as every right leaning group must do. I checked the Pioneer Courthouse Square calendar and there’s nothing booked for the 20th.
The union members voted February 5th to back a strike which would start one week from today.