As the teacher-district struggles continue in my district, we are dreading the next few months. From our perspective, it appears that the district does not want to settle. They held a strike preparation meeting a few weekends ago with all of the site administrators and have expressed that there are two types of teachers within the district. There are the union people, who represent only a small percentage of the teachers. And there are the rest who will not support the union. While the s word has been mentioned, there are a number of steps that come first. The earliest any action could take place is October or November. No one wants to s, we just want to be treated fairly and want the respect we deserve as professionals.
My colleague and friend wrote a great article in the San Diego Union Tribune. She has captured the conflict as the teachers see it.