April 21, 2015

Question of the Day: Should teachers be allowed to strike during the school year?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Another teachers’ strike is on the horizon in Ontario.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says Peel District School Board high school teachers are set to strike starting May 4.

This comes just one day after Durham District high school teachers walked off the job, forcing about 24,000 student to stay home from classes.

We hit the streets to ask you should teachers be allowed to strike during the school year?

Tell us what you think in the comments!

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commented 2015-04-22 13:41:30 -0400
It’s time to introduce a voucher system for education. That way when teachers strike, parents will have the option of moving their kids to a school that actually values the students over the teachers. In this way, eventually we can do away with the school boards, since the ministry of education runs everything anyway. I hate to say it, but it is time to look seriously at the system John Tory proposed three elections ago. Only then will accountability be introduced into the school system.
commented 2015-04-22 13:14:30 -0400
Absolutely not. Why should they be able to hold the kids hostage. I get sick of seeing the regular strikers who always get their demands using the students to protest along with them and tell the camera how much they love and value their teachers. The courses should be geared towards helping people find employment and learn to control finances. I thought it was unsurprising when Dalton Mcguinty was in power we didn’t see a strike seeing his wife is a teacher. And what do we get for the money? More than 40% of Canadians who don’t meet everyday reading requirements. I’m not surprised that home schooling gets a bad rap. It is an embarrassment to what can be achieved with low overhead and without hijacking the economy to pay for their huge salaries and endless strikes. I also remember my mother once telling me she drove by the school board headquarters and commented it looked like the Taj Mahal on the tax payers dime.
commented 2015-04-22 13:12:54 -0400
No. Public sector workers should not be unionized nor allowed to participate in any kind of work stopage.
commented 2015-04-22 11:26:13 -0400
Seriously Henry! When I pass striking teachers I always say shame and shake my finger at them. How can they sleep at night. How are they not totally embarrassed standing in the street with signs, asking for more and more and more? It boggles my mind. I really really would like to see them sink or swim in the free market. The public school system isn’t needed or wanted any more. People want choice and quality education for their kids. More people are turning to alternative school choices, enrolment is starting to reflect that. We need a voucher system. Quality private sector alternatives would pop up to satisfy the need. Crappy teachers wouldn’t last and good ones would prosper. Let the public school system die, it is all it deserves.
commented 2015-04-22 11:25:04 -0400
These people do not seem to be satisfied with their working conditions. Working conditions that most Canadians would love to to have. I say make them an essential service and shut them up once and for all, it’s time we took a hard line on these sorry excuses for educators.
If you really hate this job so much, with your unlimited sick days, pd days and summers off then get the hell out out of it. We don’t need people like you anyway in our education system. We certainly don’t want your actions and attitudes to be an example to our children.
commented 2015-04-22 10:03:29 -0400
On behalf of the students, a student’s union should be allowed to sue for damages in lost time and education and have that wealth redistributed directly to the students so that they can be compensated and use the monies for alternative ways to educate themselves.
commented 2015-04-22 09:56:43 -0400
I have a wonderful quote from a school teacher that ran in the Globe and Mail which I’d love to share verbatim. Unfortunately, it is in storage and would take considerable effort to dig up so I’m just going to paraphrase it as best I can:

“I work 25 hours a week for just nine months of the year and get additional weeks off during that time for Christmas, Spring Break, etc. plus time off for professional development days and all the sick days I need. I make very good money and get great benefits yet my union has the nerve to demand better working conditions.”

I should note that I found that quote back in the 1980s. Does anyone think that teacher pay, benefits and working conditions have gotten WORSE since then?
commented 2015-04-21 21:21:37 -0400
Maurice, Ontario is going the way of Greece, where there are more people in the public sector than the private. Since so many are in a union themselves, they will stand behind teachers, regardless. Very inbred.
I would really like to see the whole public school system scrapped. Like that will ever happen.
commented 2015-04-21 19:11:19 -0400
No they should not. The right to strike was never intended for public sector workers.
commented 2015-04-21 19:02:47 -0400
This really surprises me. Even in wacky Toronto, or wherever this video was shot, I would have thought more people would be standing up for the kids. Teaching should be an essential service.
commented 2015-04-21 18:23:19 -0400
Simple answer…NO. If they want to strike, they should have to do on their time in July. They use the kids as leverage while pretending it is all about the kids. They demand more & more yet the quality of education isn’t going up.
commented 2015-04-21 18:06:31 -0400
NO they should never have the right to strike. This union and these teachers hold our children for ransom every year as they push their demands for less hours, more pay, more benifits far in excess of the standards for other jobs!
commented 2015-04-21 18:04:55 -0400
I don’t think teachers in any province in Canada are hard done by. It has become a common sport for teachers every where to hold students up for ransom. Even in poor economies they always want more more more, with less less less classroom time. Unions have a place for the worker, but then some unions just get to powerful and out of hand. I think a lot of teacher unions are like that.
commented 2015-04-21 17:28:06 -0400
Teachers should be designated as “ESSENTIAL service”. They think they are god’s gift to humanity so, if they’re that important, then it’s time to stop them striking. Way too much disruption for the whole family.
Nurses, on the other hand can’t strike as they ARE classified essential then they get layed off.
commented 2015-04-21 17:08:51 -0400
The education of students takes priority! Binding Arbitration is appropriate in this case.