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$500/day teacher strike
Old 10-25-2017, 08:20 PM
 
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Districts near me is having union/ bargaining talks and the sub office is looking to create a list of possible subs at $500 a day.
Normal pay for the distinct is about 150.

Would you list your name? Would you work?


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Tough call... partly because I can't picture the teachers in our district striking. I think it would depend somewhat on what the bargaining issues are... and the relationship you have with the majority of the teachers. So my real answer is probably "not enough information." Something doesn't sound right with the pay rates in the situation you describe so I'm a little suspicious that there's "more to the story."

Other than the red flag it creates, the pay is a "non-issue" in making the decision for me personally. I would look at the real reason for the strike (which might be hard to determine). I think most teachers would understand that school must go on... adults shouldn't punish the kids. Having subs there to keep things going would still create a big hardship for administration and wouldn't diminish the impact of a strike that much. In other words, I'd be inclined to be willing to work during a strike, but it's not something I've really faced or thought about before.
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What are your future plans?
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If you are just entering the teaching field and will be on the job hunt soon, stay away from crossing the picket line. If you would like to sub for many more years to come, stay away from the picket lines. You will have a hard time receiving any requests from the teachers in that district and possibly other districts as well. Support teachers by supporting their decision to strike. They know that school is vitally important and sometimes striking is the only way to get Administration to listen. Teachers do not reach the decision to strike in a short period of time. It takes a year or more of meetings and discussion.
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As tempting as it would be for the bump in pay, I'd have to take the long view on this one, if I planned to continue subbing in the area. A scab (someone who crosses the picket line) isn't going to be looked upon kindly when the strike is over, and I'm betting these teachers have very long memories.

It's a non-issue here in Texas, as we don't have collective bargaining.
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have to decline
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good points. I think they are offering 500 to show the union they can wait it out.
I don't plan on being a regular teacher, and probably only 2 more years of subbing.
Actually I wish that union would represent substitutes.
500 is just pie in the sky, that falls and hits you in the face, splat.


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Happened nearly 40 years ago, but
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....I signed up. It wasn't in the district where I subbed, I was pregnant and needed money, and it was $100 a day when normal pay was $45. I never had to go in. They settled two days before they were going to strike. I'm betting they are offering that to force the union's hand.
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It is the superintendent decision
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He is doing it to show the School Board that they have a plan in case of strike, instead of just sitting down and solving the issue. The district spends tens of thousands of dollars planning for a strike. Iíve been in the trenches. Didnít want to strike, but would have.
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If the district can pay...
Old 10-26-2017, 06:25 PM
 
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...scabs 500 bucks, then they can pay regular teachers (and subs for that matter) what they're asking for.

Unions? I don't trust unions.

At the end of the day, a sub's gotta do what a sub's gotta do. And so do regular teachers.
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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I would not cross a picket line.
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I worked in a district
Old 10-27-2017, 09:48 PM
 
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that had had a strike a decade before and there were still teachers who didn't talk to each other because some had crossed the picket line.

Memories are long. And you never know who might share a list of those willing to substitute during a strike.


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Old 10-28-2017, 05:34 AM
 
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I would never cross a picket line. Unions have fought too long and too hard for our basic rights and decent working conditions. As a teacher, I was uncomfortable when we had job actions, but I still did what I had to do to support the union.
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be a scab
Old 10-28-2017, 05:41 AM
 
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If I were subbing in that district, I know that they can pay me to come in at regular rate. I know I'm certifiable!
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:51 AM
 
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Donít do it. Teachers donít strike over petty things, and by scabbing you would be demonstrating that you donít believe in the value of what teachers do. And if thatís true, than why are you subbing?
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No way!
Old 10-28-2017, 01:36 PM
 
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The teachers in my old district, where I now sub, are working without a contract. I am doing a long term sub job in my old building with my former students (self-contained special ed). There is no way I would cross the line. I would make myself unavailable to sub on the sub system until the strike was over. The district is so desperate for subs that I don't think they would punish me or fire me for not crossing the line.
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:31 PM
 
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No. I wonít scab for any amount of money.
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Old 10-29-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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No asa sub I would not cross the picket line. Respect what others have done to ensure what we now have.
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Old 11-01-2017, 02:56 AM
 
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No, I would never cross a picket line.
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wow!
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Since they do not pay regular teachers or subs 500 a day, you both need to strike. They obviously have $$$$ and are holding out! I would not ever want to cross a picket line cus I am a strong union supporter. However, it all depends on your life situation, I think. If someone has a husband w/ a good income, a lot of savings, or a doable pension check, it is different than someone young who might lose their house or car w/out any income. Along time ago, I was in a place that talked about striking, but did not have emergency strike pay for those who did not have enough $$ to get by. ( They had some kind of loans that would have put me deeper in debt.) I had kids at home then and was their sole support. I was really thankful they came to an agreement because I was between a rock and a hard place financially. At an older age, in a bit better place financially, I could do it w/a lot less hardship. So.... I think it depends a lot what your situation in life is at the time. If I knew someone crossed who needed the money to stay off of welfare, I would understand.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:49 PM
 
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I live two hours away from the school district having the union/bargaining talk. A few subs that I spoke to said that they are going to stay in at a hotel during the strike. It surprises people when I tell them I'm NOT going to sign up. I'm pretty content with my current position with being a preferred sub in my local school district and the abundant of work here locally.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:43 PM
 
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I contacted the union and they said they are also asking for an increase in substitute pay (40.00).
that was nice to hear. but atlas not my district.

I also can't cross the line, I believe in the union.
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