Well, the strike is still going on. Week #2. The weather has been delightful, so that is a plus! We went to a great place called Kidz Rule to bounce and jump and get out excess energy!
The kids are doing great, but they really want to go back to school. Today, Jen let them holler out the window when she rode by the striking teachers. The teachers were holding their "We want a contract" signs so the kids yelled "We want to go back to school!"
Here is one of the issues: "The 512-member teachers' union is especially focused on improving starting pay - which at $37,323 puts Souderton at the bottom in Montgomery County and among the bottom in the Pennsylvania suburbs." Doylestown Intelligencer
I wonder why they don't go to another district if that pay is too small. I mean, I have been a social worker for 10 years, and I don't make that much money yet. Now, if I wanted to get certified to be a PA teacher, I could. AND, I could also decide which district I wanted to teach in. If Souderton was too low, then I would LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE!
Here is one other thing the teachers want that is blowing me AWAY.... 8.4% raises for the next 5 years. I don't think the school board is going to give it to them, and I am thankful for that. We haven't even gotten our .5% raises for the last 4 years in the social service field. Not even one cost of living raise. NONE!
Alright...enough of my complaining. What do you think about strikes?