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A Parent Guide to Teachers' Unions

Strongsville students demonstrating in solidarity with their teachers.

The Strongsville Education Association has also demonized the Board, their accusations growing more shrill as the Board refuses to bow to union pressure. The most recent (March 16) post on their website accuses the Board of lying nearly a dozen times and not meeting them to negotiate:

It’s time for [Board members] to put on their big boy pants, stop hiding behind their lies and their lawyer, and personally come to the table in order to settle this strike.

Did I mention they were a little shrill?

In Strongsville, they’ve fluidly blended the demonization with another step in the UniServ book: “Call for round-the-clock negotiations.” The goal is to show the public that the union is working hard and willing to negotiate while the intractable, evil Board is holding up negotiations. In reality, until one side decides to budge, endless meetings and gripe sessions are pointless -- it’s all grandstanding.

Union members have a wealth of options at their disposal and are instructed to escalate the process up to and including “Frighten the community and Board” when things “are falling apart.”

Parents in Strongsville must certainly be scratching their heads (and questioning the judgment of the teachers) to read instructions from the SEA on how their children can skip school while skirting the truancy laws:

Truancy laws affects students absent for 10 days or more. If you are concerned about the safety of your child but don't want to run into truancy issues, take your child in to school on the 10th day, have them counted in attendance, and then remove them from school early.

In a letter sent home to parents, teachers also warned that substitute teachers might not be prepared for an active shooter on campus and would likely not be aware of the child's food allergies.

Such reckless recommendations and fearmongering from professional educators are breathtaking, but they are par for the Alinsky course.

Rule #9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

Do you notice anything missing from this game plan? These commonly used strike tactics demonstrate no focus on the needs of the children or any concern for their well-being. It’s all about winning. Suddenly, everyone’s favorite teacher morphs into a caricature of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and parents wonder how something like this could have happened in their wonderful community.