Reported Difficulty Passing Picket Line

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A picket line pass was supposed to get a woman contracted with the Education Service District into work on Friday. But she says the teachers still taunted her along the way.

“They were picketing. They were doing what they were sent out to do, but but they were being disrespectful and calling them names … they were calling them scabs and telling them that they weren’t legitimate and just saying hurtful things.”

She says the people calling her the names know her, and that’s why she wanted us to conceal her identity.

“I just don’t want retribution or any kinds of problems.”

Because strike or no strike, she has to go to work.

“They understand the teachers and why they’re doing what they’re doing and respecting that and so in return they would just like respect for them to honor their contract and do what they’re contracted to do.”

She works with special needs children who thrive on consistency and depend on professionals every day. “The job they do is already really difficult with those kids and so it just compounds their stress to have to walk through a picket line and be talked to that way on the way to work.”

Surveillance video show some teachers slowing traffic. Just after 8 a.m., one driver got so impatient, he hit a picketer with his car. Police cited him for careless driving.

But by the afternoon, there were no signs of any trouble at all.

Teachers were singing, chanting and cheering at honking cars. They were not letting the rain impact the second day of the strike.


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  1. Dan says:

    What I don’t understand is how can they tell the Children not To Bully People when they themselves are bullying people. on camera no less. If I were to go out and disrupt traffic I would get arrested. Why do they get away with it
    The teachers show me with this strike, that the students are NOT their main concern. What they are teaching the students is that it is OK to Bully people, it is OK to disrupt the lives of of other people, it is OK to just be MEAN to other people, it is OK to block and slow down traffic by SLOWLY walking back and forth across road.
    According to the us census the the average HOUSEHOLD income in Oregon is $50,000.00
    in the United states is $53,000.00 from what I see on the news is the Teachers make more than that and get full benefits that dwarf most people, and they get two plus months off every year. And to top that off from what I can see online Oregon is not that far up from the bottom of the list of the quality of their teaching

  2. Jason says:

    Well, if you are going to cross a picket line, you are going to get called a “Scab”.

  3. Mike Boddonavich says:

    Just goes to show that teachers can resort to thuggery too. I felt some compassion for them, but now, thanks to their (teachers) actions, I no longer do. Their statement “its about the kids” is BS. Its really all about themselves and their paychecks. To intimidate those replacements who really want to make sure the kids are taken care of is almost criminal, and I hope this doesn’t escalate to Chicago style union violence. The unions suck, have always sucked, and certainly aren’t helping here, except for the teacher’s greed.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Dan, you hit the nail right on the head. You couldn’t be more right!

  5. Paul says:

    Parents that prepare and encourage their children are the same ones that value teachers.
    People that call striking teachers greedy thugs tend to be bitter and uninvolved folks who have never valued education and never will.
    I hope and pray that Dan, Mike, and Jennifer are not parents.

    1. JIM says:

      I am an involved parent with 2 kids in 549C. One has a hard time with his studies, even with tutoring. They make his work easier so that they can send him down the line to the next grade level. I have a gifted student that is ignored for up to 4 hours a day because she comes to school clean, fed, prepared, and ready to learn.

      549C, you’re fired!
      Oregon Connections Academy, you’re hired!

  6. reality says:

    It really is all about the money. Teachers need to stop whining about having master degrees and getting paid less than others in the private sector with bachelors/masters degrees. They knew the pale scales before obtaining their degrees so suck it up. They remind me of tree huggers banging their drums and yelling but not getting any message across. Other than “want want want.” I agree with the bullying comments from other post’s. Do as I say not as I do? Great “teaching.”

  7. Callie says:

    If teachers are really professionals, they should not have to strike or need a union to represent them – doctors and lawyers and other office professionals do not strike. What is the difference?

  8. Ryan Navickas says:

    What’s good for teachers is good for our kids. Bigger class sizes and pay cuts for teachers will result in less time and energy for each student. These teachers are losing pay and facing unfair criticism. They want to be at work but instead are forced to stand in picket lines just to get a contract!
    Their pay rates are exaggerated by the administration. The numbers they cite may reflect the cost to the district of each teacher, not the teachers’ actual pay. Investment in education is money well spent. The District should end this humiliating experience at once and stop their no compromise stance. The Teachers deserve a contract now!

  9. carl says:

    I do not think the pay is off the mark by the time you pay the benefits. And the teachers asking for 95% of their health benefits paid??? That is just funny when everybod else now pays more for benefits!!!
    I agree with Dan!!!

  10. Dean says:

    The unions will employ tactics that are objectionable to everyday law-abiding citizens without a second thought. Hold you up in traffic, not a problem. Verbal assault no biggy. Using kids as props in the beef with admin, not a second thought. The problem is “the unions” a dying breed desperate to survive.

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