As a member of a union bargaining committee, I learned that a strike is never really ‘won’. You cannot recover all you’ve personally lost. Most of the benefits will be for those who come after. Your group will benefit the next time you take a strike vote. You’ll know what it means to strike, as will your employer. You’ll both think long and hard before you go through that again.
I’ve been considering that in light of my son’s teachers’ decision to strike again. They’ll never recoup their personal losses, they know what those losses will be and yet here they are. Why? Teachers teach history, and math, and economics. They understand equations. They know the personal cost. Yet there they are. On the Picket Line. Once again. Continue reading When Lawmakers Become Lawbreakers – a lesson in integrity