The Price of Public Service Goes Up
Newport Superior Court Judge Vincent Ragosta has rebuffed the Tiverton School Committee’s attempt to “block the teachers’ union from picketing on Monday [this afternoon] at the workplace of the committee chairwoman, St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River.” Anybody considering elected office in Tiverton with the intention of upholding citizens’ interests against the unions — or at least the teacher’s union — should be on notice that their places of business are now considered open game by so-called professionals who believe they’ve a positive right to pay raises beyond the private-sector norm.
Personally, that would be a plus, if I had any inclination at all to eschew my journalistic objectivity and run for office. (Yes, yes, tongue in cheek.) I’d love to have the union visit me on the jobsite. Right now, for example, we’re installing rafters, and it’d be nice to have somewhere to throw all of the snow on the second floor deck. In warmer weather, I could find it necessary to do such things as run a few hundred lineal feet of pressure-treated lumber through the table saw upwind from the picket lines.
I’m not, of course, saying that I think the union thugs’ First Amendment rights ought to be curtailed. But I do hope that citizens will take note of the fact that the intimidational picketing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. — a reminder that the hard-working educators somehow have the ability to do their street-walking at a time when counterprotests are sure to be hindered by regular folks’ need to earn a living. I heard one Tiverton resident mention to WPRO’s Matt Allen on Saturday that he’ll be outside St. Anne’s opposing the teachers, and I can only hope that he won’t be alone.
As a follow up to my notes from the last school committee meeting, I’d like to mention that, according to a print-edition Providence Journal article, the union member who was surprised that the school committee could find the money to move some children out of an overcrowded and antiquated school building into a temporary classroom was high school guidance counselor Lynn Nicholson.
What is it with the Tiverton school system guidance department, I wonder?