2002-05-18 / Letters

Make A Strike Count

Make A Strike Count

Dear Editor;

If we UFT members do strike, it should be on days when it is worth paying the penalty. It shouldn't be in early September. Those days are almost insignificant in the school year - kids
are late returning from vacation, or are changing schools, or are changing classes.

Have the membership vote before the Regents' Examinations in June. The threat of going
out on any or all of those days might convince the mayor that negotiations should begin in earnest. (After that, it will be long time before we can get his attention again: the January Regents' Exams are not so important).

The mayor will say that this shows that we don't care about the kids, to which we can reply
that he only has to sign a contract to avoid it.

The strike should be on random days once it begins (if it begins). This should be just as disruptive, and cost less in fines.  Members could be notified late the evening before, or
very early in the morning.

Absent the strike vote passing, teachers should be encouraged to schedule their annual physicals  (Many people let these things go for several years if not reminded). It would
also be a good time to catch up on dental work.  Others may have a bad reaction to flu shots. And no one should return to work until any illness has fully passed. Naturally,
many people will need some personal days to attend to family business, et


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