When the pow­er­less are held hostage

The Hamilton Spectator - - COMMENT -

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

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