Children Are Their Life? No, Children Are Their Leverage.
It occurs to me that several buildings’ worth of kindergarteners began their school experiences last week in Tiverton. What a wonderful early educational experience this would be:
The teachers union membership this evening authorized its negotiating committee to call a strike if it deemed it necessary next Tuesday.
Amy Mullen, the NEA-Tiverton teachers union president, said the members authorized the committee at a 4:30 p.m. meeting to “to take whatever action it deems necessary up to and including a strike on Tuesday.”
So the negotiating committee has been authorized to commit union members to criminal activity? Can’t the school request that a judge preemptively remind the teachers that striking is illegal? Perhaps the school committee should tell the union — which has declared that it “will not continue to meet with the School Committee’s current configuration of negotiators” — that any empty classrooms on Tuesday will be presumed to be in need of a new teacher.
I also note that, instead of offering the public the look behind the contractual curtain that I requested from him, Pat Crowley has released quite a different document:
Crowley last night released a copy of a memo Schools Supt. William J. Rearick sent to teachers Tuesday apologizing for telling them to “sit down and shut up” at a district orientation meeting in the high school auditorium earlier that day.
“My intention was to get the meeting started in a timely manner, in retrospect I should have chosen my words more carefully,” Rearick wrote.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone I may have offended,” the superintendent added.
Rearick last night said it happened after he’d tried to call the orientation meeting to order without success.
It’s time these “professionals” — which teachers profess (and indeed ought) to be — learned that there are consequences to allowing the unions to make bullies and blackmailers of them.