MAPS Teachers Walk Out – On Time

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Marquette, MI – February 20, 2014

Dan Adamini - In The Right Mind - Featured - Rant

Dan Adamini – In The Right Mind – Featured – Rant

- Teachers without Contract Walk In / Walk Out

 In a unique protest ysterday, teachers at the Marquette Area Public Schools Walked into work exactly on time, and walked out exactly on time.  They were trying to make a point that they work a lot of extra hours and are not appreciated for it.  There were no reports on the effects of the protest – but there was a picture in the paper!

Teaching is a tough job, and under today’s rules I don’t know if I could do it.  I also sympathize with the fact that teachers are working without a contract.  My questions are the same as every other time this has happened: “What was offered and rejected, and what are you asking for?”  We never get the answers to those questions becuase the negotiations are “closed”.  All we get is statements like “they don’t respect us” or “it’s all about the kids” or “the board won’t be reasonable”.  Just once I would like to hear those statements backed up with examples.

A second point that popped into my head is this… If the starting time and ending time are too close together to allow the proper amount of work to be done, perhaps they need to be changed.  But teachers are professionals, and like all other professionals, they take work home with them.  That isn’t a bad thing… as professionals, they have the freedome to take papers home to grade them, rather than stay in school for the extra time and work in the building itself.  Professional carreers require professional attitudes, and clocking in & out is not part of that equation.

Perhaps if both the board and the union were free to publicize their positions, the problems would be solved more quickly.  To some, the game is more important than the resolution.  If not for the teachers, that is certainly the apparent position of their leadership.

-Dan Adamini – In The Right Mind

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