Teachers Facing Scorn

What has amazed me for some time is that non-union people think that the answer is to make teachers and other union employees have to live with the same conditions that they live with. That bringing down unions is the fair thing to do. It seems to me that these people ought to be in the streets demanding that they should be treated better. After all that is how unions made the 40 hour work week possible, paid vacation, retirement, and the rest most take for granted. Once unions won those things non-union companies to get good employees had to offer the same things. Why is that not happening now I wonder.
clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com

Teachers wonder, why the scorn?

Cushy jobs? Glorified baby sitters? Educators see their value to society under attack

The jabs Erin Parker has heard about her job have stunned her. Oh you pathetic teachers, read the online comments and placards of counterdemonstrators. You are glorified baby sitters who leave work at 3 p.m. You deserve minimum wage.

Ms. Parker, a second-year teacher making $36,000, fears that under the proposed legislation class sizes would rise and higher contributions to her benefits would knock her out of the middle class.
“I love teaching, but I have $26,000 of student debt,” she said. “I’m 30 years old, and I can’t save up enough for a down payment” for a house. Nor does she own a car. She is making plans to move to Colorado, where she could afford to keep teaching by living with her parents.
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