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« on: April 02, 2018, 11:27:43 AM »
Starting to get serious here...

A new Official Thread, since I think such Public Employee strikes will increase in frequency now as we march down the Collapse Highway.

When the Cops, Firemen and Garbagemen go out, things will get nasty.


‘It Really Is a Wildfire’: Teachers Go on Strike in Oklahoma and Kentucky


Demonstrators protested cuts in pay, benefits, and school funding at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City on Monday. Credit Alex Flynn for The New York Times

Thousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked off the job Monday morning, shutting down school districts as they protested cuts in pay, benefits and school funding in a movement that has grown in force since igniting in West Virginia earlier this year.

The wave of strikes in red states, mainly organized by ordinary teachers on Facebook, has caught lawmakers and sometimes the teachers’ own labor unions flat-footed. The protesters say they are fed up with years of education funding cuts and stagnant pay in Republican-dominated states.

In Oklahoma City, where protesting teachers were gathering at the Capitol on Monday morning, Katrina Ruff, a local teacher, carried a sign that read, “Thanks to West Virginia.”

“They gave us the guts to stand up for ourselves,” she said.

The next red state domino to fall could be Arizona. On March 28, thousands of teachers gathered in Phoenix to demand a 20 percent pay raise and more funding for schools.

As the movement has gained momentum, it has also grown more ambitious.

Striking West Virginia teachers declared victory last month after winning a 5 percent raise, but Oklahoma educators are holding out for more.
Teachers and their supporters protested against a pension reform bill at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort on Monday. Credit Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Last week, the Legislature in Oklahoma City voted to provide teachers with an average raise of $6,000 per year, or a roughly 16 percent raise, depending on experience. Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, signed the package into law.
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But teachers said it was not enough. They have asked for a $10,000 raise, as well as additional funding for local schools and raises for support staff like bus drivers and custodians.

About 200 of the state’s 500 school districts shut down on Monday as teachers walked out, defying calls from some parents and administrators for them to be grateful about what they had already received from the state.

To pay for the raise, politicians from both parties agreed to increase production taxes on oil and gas, the state’s most prized industry, and institute new taxes on tobacco and motor fuel. It was the first new revenue bill to become law in Oklahoma in 28 years, bucking decades of tax-cut orthodoxy.

In Kentucky, teachers are protesting a pension reform bill that abruptly passed the State House and Senate last week. If Gov. Matt Bevin signs it into law, it will phase out defined-benefit pensions for teachers and replace them with hybrid retirement plans that combine features of a traditional pension with features of the 401(k) accounts used in the private sector. Teachers in the state are not eligible for Social Security benefits.

Andrew Beaver, 32, a middle school math teacher in Louisville, said he was open to changes in teacher retirement programs, such as potentially asking teachers to work to an older age before drawing down benefits; currently, some Kentucky teachers are eligible for retirement around age 50. But he said he and his colleagues, many of whom have called in sick to protest the bill, were angry about not having a seat at the negotiation table with Mr. Bevin, a Republican, and the Republican majority in the Legislature.
Oklahoma educators are holding out for more than the $6,000 per year raise that was signed by the Legislature last week. Credit Alex Flynn for The New York Times

“What I’m seeing in Louisville is teachers are a lot more politically engaged than they were in 2015 or 2016,” Mr. Beaver said. “It really is a wildfire.”

In Arizona, teachers are agitating for more generous pay and more money for schools after watching the state slash funds to public education for years.

“We’re going to continue to escalate our actions,” said Noah Karvelis, an elementary school music teacher in Tolleson, Ariz., outside Phoenix, and leader of the movement calling itself #RedforEd, after the red T-shirts protesting teachers are wearing across the country. “Whether that ultimately ends in a strike? That’s certainly a possibility. We just want to win.”
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Mr. Karvelis, 23, said teachers would not walk out of class unless they were able to win support from parents and community members across the state, including in rural areas. But he said the movement would be influential regardless of whether it shuts down schools.

“We’re going to have a lot of teachers at the ballot box who I don’t think would normally go in a midterm year,” he said. “If I were a legislator right now, I’d be honestly sweating bullets.”

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, called the movement an “education spring.”

“This is the civics lesson of our time,” she said. “The politicians on both sides of the aisle are rubbing the sleep out of their eyes.”

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After 15,000 march on capitol, Oklahoma teachers’ strike enters second day
By Jerry White
3 April 2018

Some 15,000 Oklahoma teachers, support staff, students and public employees marched and rallied at the state capitol in Oklahoma City on Monday, the first day of a statewide strike by as many as 40,000 teachers in the southwestern US state. The walkout—the first in Oklahoma since a four-day strike in 1990—is part of a growing rebellion of educators across the United States in the aftermath of the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers.
A section of the demonstration in Oklahoma City

The same day teachers were striking and protesting in Oklahoma, thousands of Kentucky teachers, including many who had taken part in wildcat sickouts, descended on the capitol in Frankfort to oppose the slashing of teacher pension benefits. Protests and demands for a statewide strike are also taking place in Arizona, where Republican Governor Douglas Ducey has rejected teacher demands for a 20 percent raise. On Monday, Ducey was booed loudly by the crowd after he was introduced at the opening day ceremony for the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team.

As in other states, the Oklahoma strike is driven by rank-and-file teachers, not the unions, which have accepted more than a decade of bipartisan funding cuts that have deeply eroded teachers’ living standards and classroom conditions.

Although the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) and the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers (AFT) had sought to block a strike, and then limit it to one day, the strike is continuing. As of this writing, at least two dozen school districts, including the four largest—Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Broken Arrow—have already announced they will be closed due to the teacher walkout at least through Tuesday, with many school boards deciding on a day-by-day basis whether or not to open schools.

Educators in Oklahoma are among the lowest-paid in the United States. Many work extra jobs to pay off student loans and other living expenses. Teacher aides, cafeteria workers, school bus drivers and other paraprofessionals are even more poorly paid.

Kelly, a special education aide at Deer Creek Middle School in Oklahoma City, told the World Socialist Web Site that she only makes $1,000 a month and can spend no more than $50 a week on food. Her co-worker, Kate, said, “I got more money tending hogs when I worked at a meatpacking plant than I do looking after children in the public schools.”

Teachers are not only fighting for completely justifiable pay raises, but to reverse more than a decade of relentless budget cutting by Democrats and Republicans that have undercut public education for the state’s 700,000 students. Oklahoma is currently 48th in per pupil spending, with 20 percent of the school districts cutting back to a four-day schedule. Teachers and students constantly complain of shortages of textbooks and other supplies, overcrowded classrooms and deteriorating buildings.

Teachers rally on Monday inside the state capitol building in Frankfort, Kentucky

Like teachers around the country, Oklahoma educators spend a good portion of their meager paychecks helping students pay for lunches, field trips and supplies.

A decade of permanent austerity measures carried out by Republican Governor Mary Fallin and her Democratic predecessor, Brad Henry, coincided with huge tax cuts to the oil and gas industry, which dominate the state’s economy. Underscoring the real relationship of the state legislature to big business, the capitol building actually sits on top of the Oklahoma City Oil Field. Less than one hundred yards from the building are operating oilrigs with the names of Phillips 66 and other oil companies.

Thousands of teachers and their supporters formed a picket line around the capitol building, carrying homemade signs demanding that the state legislature fund public education. They denounced last week’s pay raise and funding bill, passed by the state legislature and signed by Fallin, which provides a one-time average wage increase of $6,000, funded primarily by regressive taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, cigarettes and gaming.

The unions had joined the official chorus, calling it a “historic” pay raise and funding deal, only to quickly change their tune when it became clear teachers were not willing to accept this sham. “A day late and a dollar short,” one teacher’s sign read on Monday, with another reading, “It’s too little, too late.” Other signs included, “My class size 40-45” and “When we value our teachers, we value our children.”

The strong turnout of students was indicative of the popular support for striking educators, despite efforts by the media to slander teachers as “selfish” and indifferent to the plight of their students. One student carried a sign saying, “You can’t support students without supporting teachers.” A separate tent was set up for students to voice opposition to the budget cuts and support for their striking teachers.

While a few teachers and students spoke from the official platform, it was dominated by highly paid union executives with a long record of betraying teachers. This included the National Education Association President Lily Garcia (salary $348,732) and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten ($492,563), along with Dale Lee, the president of the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) and Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA).

Well aware that they could not simply shut down the strike, the union officials postured as champions of the struggle, which they had desperately sought to prevent from the start. They repeated the claim that the legislature had passed a “historic” pay raise and funding bill and only needed to be convinced to “do their job” to fully fund education.

Determined to prevent the Oklahoma strike from becoming the catalyst for a broader, national strike by teachers, the unions are seeking to wear down strikers by engaging them in fruitless lobbying directed at corporate-bribed politicians, while working with state Democrats to offer some kind of meaningless gesture to help wrap up the strike. The union functionaries promoted the lie that electing Democrats in the fall would reverse decades of budget-cutting, even though Democrats at every level of the government, including President Obama, have spearheaded the assault on teachers and public education.

OEA President Alicia Priest said, “We said we would walk, and here we are; and today is not the final day. If our legislature does not give us the deal we need for our kids, we’ll be back at 9 o’clock in the morning.” She praised last week’s revenue proposal, saying it represented the “largest investment in public education in state history,” but complained that the state Senate had removed the hotel-motel tax, leaving a $50 million funding hole.
OEA President Alicia Priest

“They must close the gap,” she said, advocating the restoration of yet another regressive tax. Priest went on to acknowledge that this “historic” proposal would do nothing to address the 11 years of continuous funding cuts and would amount to no more than the cost of a textbook for each student.

She concluded by saying that teachers were “better organized because of your activism,” failing to note that teachers’ activism had erupted in opposition to the unions. “We must keep that movement going," she declared. "When we get the funding that we need in the next few days, let’s shift our energy to the elections this summer and fall. We must walk, knock on doors, we must call, we must postcard, and some of you may want to run yourself. We have to keep engaged every day. This is our movement. Make sure you go inside to talk to your legislators.”

The comments of pre-K teacher Whitney Sanders sounded like a refutation of the unions. She read a poem recounting the daily indignities teachers confront when school authorities and, by extension, union officials tell them to accept “one more” budget cut, student in an already overcrowded classroom, assignment, new curriculum to study and standardized test to administer. “The votes are in and it’s an education funding cut for another year and another broken promise. But they promise it’s only ‘one more cut’ and the budgets will balance, the revenue will spike and the greedy politicians will be voted out with new ones voted in. In a year, things will be different, they say, so we grin and bear it.”

Sanders concluded, “We’ve reached a point where our classrooms are busting at the seams and our funding is nonexistent. We’ve taken the last we can endure, and now we’re walking out and standing up to say, ‘No More.

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🏫 Strike!: Arizona teachers vote in favor of statewide walkout
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2018, 02:51:22 AM »
Will the AZ teachers win too?  Will the Unions make a comeback?  ???


Arizona teachers vote in favor of statewide walkout
The vote follows weeks of protests and marks a step toward what would be the first-ever statewide strike.
Apr.19.2018 / 10:17 PM ET / Source: Associated Press

PHOENIX — Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states.

A grassroots group and the state's largest teacher membership group said Thursday that teachers will walkout April 26.

The vote was held following weeks of growing protests and an offer from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to give teachers 20 percent raise by 2020. Many teachers kept up the pressure at schools and on social media, saying the plan failed to address much-needed funding for classrooms and support staff.
 Nanette Swanson, an elementary school teacher, get emotional as she joins other teachers, parents and students at a protest for higher pay and school funding Wednesday in Phoenix. Ross D. Franklin / AP

"The worst possible thing we could do is not take action right now," said Noah Karvelis, an organizer for Arizona Educators United.

Around 57,000 teachers submitted ballots and 78 percent voted in favor of the walkout, according to the Arizona Education Association.

Teachers on both sides of the walkout vote have shared concerns. It could pose child care difficulties for thousands of families and leave teachers at risk of losing their credentials. How a strike could play out in more than 200 public school districts will vary but could leave hourly workers like custodians without their paychecks.

Beth Simek, president of the influential Arizona PTA, feels the pain of teachers who are torn. Some are concerned about the effect on support staff and what kids might do without classes, she said.

"I know they're toiling with that," Simek said. "I also know they need these raises."

Parents and communities already have been making plans for child care, with some stay-at-home parents stepping up to watch children so other parents can work, she said. Local parent-teacher associations also are putting together food boxes for kids who rely on free breakfast and lunch at school.

"There's been a lot of mobilization at the community level to prepare," Simek said.
High turnover in schools helps fuel teacher walkouts

Teachers themselves could face consequences in this right-to-work state, where unions do not collectively bargain with school districts and representation is not mandatory. The Arizona Education Association has warned its 20,000 members about a 1971 Arizona attorney general opinion saying a statewide strike would be illegal under common law and participants could lose their teaching credentials.

The logistics of a walkout will vary by district. The state's largest, Mesa Public Schools in suburban Phoenix, would close and hourly staffers would not be paid, Superintendent Michael Cowan has said.

The Dysart School District west of Phoenix would "make every effort" to avoid closing schools," but they would have to shut down if too few staff members show up, Superintendent Gail Pletnick has told parents.

Sara Bresnahan, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Elementary School District, said a walkout is "uncharted territory" but its schools would try to stay open for as many students as possible.

"Some kids will be coming to school and really need a place to be," she said.

Arizona jumped into a movement for higher teacher pay that started in West Virginia, where a strike garnered a raise, and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and most recently Colorado.

In response, the governor offered 20 percent raises that drew support from the business community and some school organizations. But others were concerned about finding the money to cover a plan that would cost about $650 million when fully implemented.

The Arizona PTA pulled its support for the proposal, saying its analysis showed the finances were not realistic. An education advocacy group, Save Our Schools Arizona, said it's worried the plan isn't a "sustainable or comprehensive" way to reinvest in schools.
Kentucky governor apologizes after linking teacher protests to child abuse

Legislative budget analysts this week predicted a $265 million deficit in 2020 if the governor's plan is approved. Ducey's office strongly disputes that analysis, saying much of the funding comes from revenue increases.

"Our economy is growing, and rather than government banking away the taxpayers' money, let's get these dollars to our teachers," Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said in an email Thursday.

Nancy Maglio, a teacher at Magee Middle School in southern Arizona's Tucson Unified School District, said teachers are motivated to walk out and demand funding because of what it means for their students.

"None of us went to school, none of us spent money on tuition, on books, none of us spend our time and our energy to not care," she said. "We went into a field where caring is mandatory."

While Maglio voted in support of the walkout, it wasn't without conflicted feelings.

"I am eagerly anticipating the walkout, but I'm not eagerly anticipating leaving my students," she said.

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Re: Strike!
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2018, 04:34:34 AM »
This really pisses me off.

This problem was suppose to have been taken care of with fkn "lotto"

The state rakes in billions from these toothless desert rats on gambling to pay
for the schools needs. What do we get, another pipeline of funds for hookers n' blo' for the McCain's & Jeffrey Fucking Flakes
of this state.

I'm done... tyvm   :icon_mrgreen:
I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world.
You don’t know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind

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🏫 Arizona, Colorado Teachers Rally, Schools Close for 2nd Day
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2018, 08:54:23 AM »
Two more states with Teacher Strikes.


Arizona, Colorado Teachers Rally, Schools Close for 2nd Day
Arizona and Colorado teachers plan to don red shirts and descend upon their respective Capitols for a second day in a growing educator uprising.

April 27, 2018, at 10:33 a.m.

Arizona, Colorado Teachers Rally, Schools Close for 2nd Day

The Associated Press

Thousands march to the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and public school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. Arizona leaders dealing with an unprecedented teacher strike are paying the political price for long-festering resentment among many public school teachers. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Associated Press

By MELISSA DANIELS, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona and Colorado teachers plan to don red shirts and descend upon their respective Capitols for a second day in a growing educator uprising.

Educators in both states want more classroom resources and have received offers either for increased school funding or pay, but they say the money isn't guaranteed and the efforts don't go far enough. The walkouts are the latest in demonstrations that spread from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

On the first day of the historic statewide walkout in Arizona, around 50,000 educators and their supporters marched Thursday through downtown Phoenix in nearly 100-degree (38-Celsius) heat and swarmed the Capitol grounds.

In much cooler Colorado, several thousand educators rallied around the Capitol, with many using personal time to attend two days of protests expected to draw as many as 10,000 demonstrators.
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Lawmakers in Colorado have agreed to give schools their largest budget increase since the Great Recession. But teachers say Colorado has a long way to go to recover lost ground because of strict tax and spending limits.

Arizona's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, has proposed 20 percent raises by 2020 but said he has no plans to meet with striking teachers or address other demands.

Teachers voted to walk out after Ducey unveiled his plan, saying that it failed to meet their other demands including about $1 billion to return school funding to pre-Great Recession levels and increased pay for support staff.

"We're going to get this 20 percent pay increase, we're going to get $100 million for support staff and other needs," he said on KTAR radio. "And then if there's still a teacher strike I don't think that will make sense to parents, I don't think that will make sense to kids."

More than 840,000 students were out of school as a result of Thursday's walkouts, according to figures from The Arizona Republic.

Most of Arizona's public schools will be closed the rest of the week, and about half of all Colorado students will see their schools shuttered over the two days as teachers take up the Arizona movement's #RedforEd mantle. In Oklahoma and West Virginia, teacher strikes stretched beyond the one-week mark.

Organizers say they haven't decided how long their walkout will last.

"We want to make sure we can gauge the membership about what they want to do," said Derek Harris, one of the organizers of grass-roots group Arizona Educators United.

One major Phoenix-area district, Chandler Unified, said Thursday it planned to reopen schools Monday but reversed itself Friday, saying schools would remain closed "based on the number of teachers who have reported their absence for Monday."


Associated Press reporters Bob Christie and Paul Davenport contributed to this report.


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