This seems to be a struggle for control as much as it is about the actual concessions being asked for by the school board
Teachers unwilling to contribute 15% to their health insurance benefits are depriving children of their educational opportunities.
Pennsylvania is on of a few stat where teachers are permitted by law to strike and this group is taking full advantage.
School board president Ritchie Webb says they have been hearing from community members and says even meeting the union half-way would still mean extraordinary costs to taxpayers.
“We’re getting tons and tons of e-mails to stick with our guns. People have to pay for health care so I’m not sure where we go,”Webb said.
Union President Louise Boyd is urging parents to call the school board to get them back to the negotiating table.
The school board, on the other hand, is urging parents to call the union to get them to take economics into consideration and to get back into classrooms.
Based on what most working Americans contribute to their benefits offered by employers, 15% seems very reasonable to me.
It also seems that actions such as this one, do not strengthen public opinion s to whether public sector employees should be able to strike.
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