Monday, November 23, 2009
Pending Teacher Strike
Conrad Weiser teachers are threatening a strike if they do not get a contract soon. They have been working without a contract since July 1st and claim that the school board is not bargaining in good faith. Can we really afford a pay raise for teachers? I didn't get one. My parents on social security didn't get one. My son at UPS didn't get one. I am sorry but as much as I appreciate the job teachers do, we simply cannot afford higher school taxes so that they can get a raise and health benefits. It is not only seniors being school taxed out of their homes it is a good percent of lower and middle class people as well. Teachers do need a contract but reasonable would be status quo. If they strike it could mean no holiday breaks or a June 30th school year. Not to mention the costs involved for the school to fight them. If there was a good time to attend school board meetings, this is it. With all of us struggling and having to find a way to cope why should teachers be any different? We are all in this together and right now in these tough times it is not fair to ask for more from Conrad Weiser residents. What do you think?