San Francisco teachers voted overwhelmingly to support a strike Thursday night, with 97 percent saying yes in what was the first of two required votes.
“Last night the teachers of San Francisco sent a message loud and clear to the San Francisco Unified School District,” said Dennis Kelly, United Educators of San Francisco President, in a statement after votes were counted Friday. “It is time for the district to stop seeking unilateral cuts and sweeping program changes, and to start treating the teachers and paraprofessionals with respect and to recognize what we have done to keep this district afloat.”
About 1,900 teachers voted. A second vote required to give union leadership the ability to call a strike has not been scheduled.
Fuck yes. The union is pushing back on more cuts to the education budget and layoffs. Way to send a message.
I visited my neighborhood Ralph’s today, and they had a notice on the door that they may be hiring scabs in the event of a grocery worker strike. Please try to stock up if you can, and boycott Kroger during the strike. Support our working brothers and…
My friend Melanie just got a job at Ralphs. Thank god for the idiots who strike when those of us who need money are forced to scrape. Thanks strike workers you created a job for Melanie.
People don’t strike because they want to. People don’t strike because it’s oh so fun. People don’t strike to make you and your poor friend Melanie’s lives harder.
People strike to protect the rights of workers, and not just at their own company, but workers everywhere. Every law you can think of that protects working people came about because of workers organizing and forming unions. Everything from minimum wage to the 40 hour work week were all earned on the blood, sweat, and tears of unionized workers.
So, before you call workers who strike idiots, perhaps you should thank them. Or learn more about the history of the labor movement. Either way.