When the powerless are held hostage
RE: Teaches have a fundamental right to strike (Jan. 3)
I sense that professor Adams misses the point. I read the Spec’s view “Put students first” (Nov. 8) as a call for settlement in the interest of the victims, the students, not as taking issue with the rights of teachers.
We do not need sides on these issues “digging in” to defend their rights, we need deliberations that lead toward resolution.
My suggestion to level the playing field, financially (Spec Nov .13), was at least an attempt to give both sides financial incentive by paying no one involved during the stoppage. Money seems often to speak loudly and with urgency. I am sure that many of the teachers and employers are stressed because their passion for teaching is thwarted by work stoppages. For some, their own children are the victims.
Given the significant wages paid (by taxpayers) to both employers and employees, we should be attracting persons wise enough to come up with a better way to settle differences than that of holding the innocents and powerless hostage. Gary Caldwell, Lynden