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Possible WILDCAT STRIKE ACTION by Teachers Education Association (TEA)

In Solidarity with Longshore Workers in Longview
posted Sep 13, 2011
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Teachers of the South Puget Sound unite! Tacoma Teachers have voted to STRIKE! Action news team report here. BREAKING: Sponge-bob makes you STUPID!  DARE TO BE STUPID in SOLIDARITY with the anarchist WILDCAT "Sabo-tabby" STRIKE ACTIONS happening NOW in Longview, WA! Why not?  They had it coming.  Ask yourself, whose break-lines would Martin Luther King Jr cut?   You be the judge!  

RR's black cat�often called the "sab cat" or "sabo-tabby"

TACOMIC Next week:  Student Union  WILDCAT strike action! Say goodbye to faculty room coffee maker! OR USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!  HO HO HO!  ***wasl maniac is real***

RR's black cat�often called the "sab cat" or "sabo-tabby"


by Mark Monlux on 9/13/2011 @ 6:13am
I see that somebody else read the report showing how even one episode of Spongebob Squarepants can lower children's attention spans.

by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 7:46am
That's pretty funny RR.

I was watching the union meeting on the TeeVee last night. I was able to compare and contrast the union workers of 2011 to the union workers of the 1920s that they frequently allude to. You remember the angry miners and assembly mechanics who labored in grimy workplaces, put in 10 hour days without proper breaks and worked along side children in dangerous conditions for meager paychecks?

Little is left of that 1920s image... except for the anger.

Todays union workers wear Izod shirts (size XXXL), have wonderful haircuts and stylish slip on loafers with tassells, They roll in nice Chevy Suburbans, or eco-friendly Prius', their strike signs are printed by professional printers. They enjoy a short work day and a short work year, extravagent pay compared to average people, and benefits and pensions to die for.

The anger is a little out of place, as are signs of public sympathy.

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 8:10am
One has to wonder why 'average people' are so willing to take it up the whazoo. Bank of America just pulled off the largest layoff in recent history... nobody is talking about pulling back from endless terror war... spongebob is preparing children for a life of prescription medications and 'average people' are supposed to be grateful for Walmart slave-labor jobs.

ARISE!

by The Jinxmedic on 9/13/2011 @ 8:14am
As this "Great Recession" continues to show no signs of actual recovery, what you will see is more and more working people having little tolerance for union demands. Many non-union people in the workforce have taken voluntary pay cuts and benefits cuts just to keep their job. Others have lost theirs, and are either trying to stay above water in a part-time poor-paying service industry job, or are completely unemployed. Unions that strike because their members are unwilling to take a 1-2% salary reduction are not winning any friends among those majority of non-union workers who have conceded far more.

If we still had proper voting machines, I would pull the "clear all" lever next election.

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 8:19am
it is workers who have the power. they have but to unite and the system will come to a grinding halt. REVOLUTION! NO MORE HOMEWORK!!!!!

by Jesse on 9/13/2011 @ 8:26am
Actual economic recovery will come when the housing market recoups all of it's previous value and our gov't has a touch more protectionism. That will be a while. Until then we can count on the corporations and CEO's making just as much or more money while they use practically slave wage labor in foreign countries to produce goods and ship them back here virtually tariff free.

This strike is a reflection of frustration about this, I think, just as much as it is about the actual specified issues. The management got a 5% raise while they asked teachers to cut pay by 1-2%, increase class size, etc. The average working stiff is sick of that shit.

It looks like we're on a slow roll to feudalism and our gov't is "on the take" with the lords of the manor.

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 8:31am
WOOT!

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 8:34am
If I was a rich man, i'd be packing my gold in an armored convoy and preparing to evacuate the country like that pig en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_Gaddafi . But the joke is on them... THERE IS NOWHERE TO HIDE, NO ESCAPE FROM THE WORKING-CLASS ZOMBIE HERO!

by JesseHillFan on 9/13/2011 @ 8:34am
SpongeBob is here in the newstribune

www.thenewstribune.com/2011/09/11/182019...

by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 8:36am
If the teachers are striking because they are angry about housing values, corporate greed or foreign production work, then I say fire them and bring in replacements.

Settling the contract dispute on the teachers terms isn't going to address any of those issues. There is one thing you mentioned Jesse that the teachers definitely aren't concerned with and that's the "average working stiff."

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 8:40am
@fredo, if you look into the abyss for replacements... all you'll find is spongebob staring back at you.



by The Jinxmedic on 9/13/2011 @ 8:43am
Computer voting with a "select all" and "delete" function,

or;

Mail-in ballots using cancelled stamps- (that may prove too subtle, though.)

by JesseHillFan on 9/13/2011 @ 8:47am
They could replace the teachers with drill sergeants.

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 8:58am
We were swindled, all of us. blog.thenewstribune.com/military/2011/09...

Bring back the draft. Armed forces for THE PEOPLE!

by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 9:01am
Let's try the replacements idea.

One of two things will happen. Either the classrooms will run just as well as before or better, or the striking teachers will become tired of living like the rest of us unemployed stiffs and concede to districts demands.

The parents and taxpayers win either way!

by on 9/13/2011 @ 9:10am
So fredo's solution is to drag everybody down to the lowest common denominator... equally exploited. United in toil and hopelessness.

Sounds like giving up to me.

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 9:11am
test test... who said that?

by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 9:19am
"United in toil and hopelessness."

Throwing in a gross exageration always makes a posting more enjoyable, thanks!

There are dozens of school districts within commuting distance of Tacoma, teachers who don't like the very generous TSD offer are free to teach elsewhere.

by cisserosmiley on 9/13/2011 @ 9:42am
isn't this strike about teachers having autonomy with their classrooms? bad idea, even genius school teachers need an overseer...

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 9:43am
here is your replacement Fredo.

www.facebook.com/tacomavirtual

thanks for the tip tacoma mama! twitter.com/#!/tacomamama/status/1136497...


other boring stuff: www.tacomaschools.org/information/Pages/...

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 10:11am
Go TNT!

blog.thenewstribune.com/photo/2011/09/13...

by cisserosmiley on 9/13/2011 @ 10:12am
if teachers want autonomy in their classrooms i say give it to them, as long as they pay the 25% self-employment tax that the rest of the self employed people pay

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 10:48am
they seem nice enough. not really the WILDCAT types.

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 12:11pm
ha! www.educationvoters.org/2011/09/02/a-par...

by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 12:15pm



by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 3:11pm


some british philosophy for you www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2011/09/t...

by troysworktable on 9/13/2011 @ 3:41pm
"This strike is a reflection of frustration about this, I think, just as much as it is about the actual specified issues. The management got a 5% raise while they asked teachers to cut pay by 1-2%, increase class size, etc. The average working stiff is sick of that shit." ó@Jesse

Hear, hear!

by troysworktable on 9/13/2011 @ 3:43pm
"Todays union workers wear Izod shirts (size XXXL), have wonderful haircuts and stylish slip on loafers with tassells, They roll in nice Chevy Suburbans, or eco-friendly Prius', their strike signs are printed by professional printers. They enjoy a short work day and a short work year, extravagent pay compared to average people, and benefits and pensions to die for. " ó@fredo

"Throwing in a gross exageration always makes a posting more enjoyable, thanks!" ó@fredo

Ditto.

by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 4:49pm
Hi troysworktable.
My description of an overindulged teacher was a slight exageration.
The other commenters description of a teachers life as toil and hopelessness was a gross exageration.
Would you agree...or not? 
 
 

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2011 @ 4:56pm
This political cartoon does not endorse exaggerations of any kind whatsoever. Good day sir!

by The Jinxmedic on 9/13/2011 @ 5:04pm
Ha!  Ha! , I say.

by troysworktable on 9/13/2011 @ 5:08pm
I think they are both gross exaggerations and somewhat over-the-top.  I've never met a teacher that makes "extravagant pay compared to average people."  But then I guess we need to define who is an "average person."  The work days of teachers in the classroom may be short, but many of them (not all, but many), put in long hours of prep work and planning at home.  My own child is blessed to have one of the latter this year, as last.  Summer is often a time for continuing education and classes to keep abreast of changes in curriculum, education models, and the like.  I don't think the life of a teacher is one of toil and hopelessness, however.  If it is, then they need to find a new vocation.  Be passionate about what you do!


by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 5:49pm
 I've never met a teacher that makes "extravagant pay compared to average people."  troysworktable
Well Troy you should introduce yourself to a Tacoma School teacher: average pay $56,000
Compared to average Tacomans: per capita pay $19,130
                                                 Median household income $37,879
Source: Wikipedia 

by troysworktable on 9/13/2011 @ 5:57pm
@fredo: According to city-data.com you are using numbers that are eleven years old:

"[Tacoma] Estimated median household income in 2009: $48,673 (it was $37,879 in 2000)"

My guess is that the per capita pay you listed is likewise outdated.

Read more: www.city-data.com/city/Tacoma-Washington...



by fredo on 9/13/2011 @ 7:10pm
Even using your figures Teacher pay looks extravagant. The average teacher pay is $7000 per year higher than the median household income.(that's a combination of all the paychecks in the household). But I enjoyed your rebuttal. You've got a strong interest in employment issues and statistics and I like that. 

by jenyum on 9/13/2011 @ 7:36pm
Thank you for that edvoters link RR. A very helpful post.

by troysworktable on 9/13/2011 @ 10:51pm
"The average teacher salary in Tacoma School District is $51,062." as per www.teachersalaryinfo.com/washington/tea...
That is $2,389 more than the median average income.  Far less than what I would consider "extravagant."

by troysworktable on 9/13/2011 @ 11:00pm
Even a $7,000 difference from average teacher salary and median average income is what I consider reasonable.  Teachers have an additional year of college/university beyond a bachelor's degree.  Considering that there are many unskilled laborers below the average and many professional, college-educated white collar workers about the average, teacher salaries seem to be right where they should be when education is taken into account.

by jenyum on 9/14/2011 @ 1:24am
There's a super deep cartoon accompanying this editorial:
www.thenewstribune.com/2011/09/14/182334...

by fredo on 9/14/2011 @ 4:42am


  Tacoma teachers earned an average salary of $63,793 during the last school year,
according to the district.Source: CBS News

by NineInchNachos on 9/14/2011 @ 8:04am
thanks for the tip TacomaMama...  man   with political cartoons like that who needs political cartoonists?  

by NineInchNachos on 9/14/2011 @ 11:17am
cool live tweeting of the court case on teacher strike twitter.com/#!/CallaghanPeter

by tacoma1 on 9/14/2011 @ 1:29pm



by Altered Chords on 9/14/2011 @ 7:27pm
Tacoma needs an educated workforce. I'd pay an additional couple of buck per year in order for the city to educate my child.  Also, I'd love 3 months/ year of "continuing education".  I'd be a great piano player by now.

by fredo on 9/14/2011 @ 7:47pm
" I'd pay an additional couple of buck per year in order for the city to educate my child" altered chords
 
There's no need to pay to educate your child. One of the great principles our country is built on is a free education. 

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/14/2011 @ 9:01pm
 I'll chip in five bucks for the City to educate AC's kid.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
Discount coupons for ReEducation Camp 6 available every Tuesday. Ask your Tacoma City Councilman for details.

by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2011 @ 9:16am
HEY KIDS!  IT'S YOUR OLD PAL,  UNCLE POORR RRICHARD ANDERSON! DID YOU KNOW BY PARTICIPATING IN POLITICAL STRIKE ACTIONS YOU BYPASS THE www.TACOMACURFEW.COM LAWS?  
CHILDREN'S CRUSADE !  

by cisserosmiley on 9/15/2011 @ 9:44am



by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2011 @ 9:53am
the rich text editor is doing a good job oppressing the progressive commentators. eh?

by ixia on 9/15/2011 @ 12:55pm



by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2011 @ 1:19pm
oh for goddess sakes

by tacoma1 on 9/15/2011 @ 1:54pm



by fredo on 9/15/2011 @ 2:14pm
As long as the message of progressive conservatives is unaffected there shouldn't be a problem.

by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2011 @ 2:24pm
if you folks are having problems, try typing in the HTML checkbox checked!  
or click the edit button after you post and RE-save  ?      make sure you copy before posting in-case of disappearing comment 

by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2011 @ 2:24pm
also using chrome or firefox helps. 

by tacoma1 on 9/15/2011 @ 2:42pm
ok, that may work alittle better.
thanks

by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2011 @ 3:52pm


voice of reason? www.thenewstribune.com/2011/09/14/182454...


history in action folks www.thenewstribune.com/2011/09/15/182563...

by ixia on 9/15/2011 @ 5:29pm
just pullin your strings Mr A.

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/15/2011 @ 9:10pm


The good news is that the future leaders of America are studying daily in a healthy home environment and/or in a private school.

by NineInchNachos on 9/15/2011 @ 10:15pm
never let school interfere with your education I always say.

by NineInchNachos on 9/16/2011 @ 9:26pm
got some good pics today




by Mofo from the Hood on 9/16/2011 @ 10:05pm
Union picketers receive strike pay. How much do those sign-carrying public servants get? More than a PhD boulevard sign spinner from a pizza parlor?

by fredo on 9/17/2011 @ 9:07pm
My teacher friend told me that there is no strike pay.

by fredo on 9/17/2011 @ 9:15pm
The lack of strike pay might be beneficial to some of the strikers. Quite a few of them are total lard assess and would benefit from missing a few meals. If they really want to convince people to support their cause they really should get twiggy thin and wear some old thrift store clothes like in the movie Little Matchgirl.

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/19/2011 @ 11:50am


  Question Authority

by NineInchNachos on 9/19/2011 @ 12:27pm
oh the teacher union is doing a good job of questioning authority.  I dare anyone else to defy a pierce county judge! 

by NineInchNachos on 9/19/2011 @ 2:17pm
sabo-tabby!  blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2011/09/19...

by Alison7613 on 9/21/2011 @ 6:14am
Unite People against the machine that is the military prison industrial mega over testing and medicating of our children used to elect politicians!

by Alison7613 on 9/21/2011 @ 6:14am
Unite People against the machine that is the military prison industrial mega over testing and medicating of our children used to elect politicians!

by Alison7613 on 9/21/2011 @ 6:16am
Did that even make sense? It's a bit early for me.

by Alison7613 on 9/21/2011 @ 6:16am
Did that even make sense? It's a bit early for me.

by fredo on 9/21/2011 @ 6:38am
OK teachers, you've demonstrated for all the world to see your petulance and your solidarity. Now it's time to get back to work. Stop destroying the wonderful illusion we all have of the early union movement battling unsafe workplaces and child labor.

by Alison7613 on 9/21/2011 @ 10:33pm
City of Destiny, replace the sign with "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here." We are the Tacoma Aroma Inferno.

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2011 @ 8:06am
update!  thanks to Governor Christine Gregoire  strike is called off   teachers and Admin has reached agreement.  School starts FRIDAY! 

by fredo on 9/22/2011 @ 8:28am


nachos, I read elsewhere that the teachers are meeting at noon to review the proposed agreement. where did you learn that the agreement was finalized?

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2011 @ 10:05am
ok fine.  yeah technically they still need to vote and stuff...  but word on the street via ANONYMOUS sources is expect kids in school by Friday. 

by Alison7613 on 9/22/2011 @ 10:46am


I do not think I have made this picture look at all normal.

by Alison7613 on 9/22/2011 @ 10:49am
Oh, never mind. That is not our house of course. It the home of Jay's rich relatives in Seattle. I am streched out like Gumby. Blood hell. Back to the teacher strike. At least they will be able to resume purchasing 500 calorie pre school day drinks with cash versus credit. Have you read the amount of calories in those things? Holy Mother of God! No wonder their shirts are xxxxxxL.

by Alison7613 on 9/22/2011 @ 10:49am
"bloody" hell I meant. Christ. I cannot even spell anymore.