Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stuart Varney discusses Neshaminy situation

The following segment recently appeared on the Fox Network . . .


JS said...

I'll keep my unsubstantiated comments to this blog.

As of the last 2 dozen teachers or so I've talked to (including some who are really getting fed up with their own union) there has been no internal talk of a strike.

They don't know where the rumors are coming from, but the membership has not been planning to strike.

Maybe it's just a game of telephone. Someone hears the word "strike" in a conversation, soon it balloons into "the teachers are going to strike".

I think the NFT knows a strike would probably erode their last bit of public support.

In my opinion though, I would have respected them striking much more than the WTC action. A strike impacts parents and administrators. WTC only affects students. Make the impact on those who can vote and pay taxes, not on students.

Neshaminy said...

Heres some news.....our homes are declining in value faster than others in the area. Why? people dont want to move here with an education system percieved as nuts. Time to make a settlement. protect our home values

momof2girls said...

I doubt they will strike. The WTC is getting so much publicity plus they don't have to give up their insurance benefits and make up the days lost as they would with a strike.

KClarinet said...

There are several points here that are simply inaccurate, whatever they may or may not have to do with the current Neshaminy impasse.

1. Teachers have never, ever enjoyed a position on any kind of pedestal where they could "do no wrong." Before unions, teachers were badly under-compensated and still looked down on. The phrase "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." came from that era.

2. As JS says, there has been no active strike talk among most of the teachers I know. And what talk there is usually has to do with the pointlessness of any strike.

3. Retirees would love to be making $100K/year. Many older retirees are currently living on half of that or less. No school retiree I know (unless he/she was an administrator) is making a pension of anywhere near $100,000. If someone is, he/she is an anomaly.

4. Abolishing strikes would, at least thus far, have had absolutely no effect on the current situation here in Neshaminy. There hasn't been a strike nor even, as already discussed, a meaningful threat of one. And be careful what you wish for - abolishing strikes would most likely mean substituting some other form of conflict resolution, probably some form of binding arbitration. If that happens, watch the school boards all line up to oppose it or, if it passes anyway, reverse it.