September 16, 2012



Proco Joe Moreno

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Enough is Enough!

I fully support our teachers. We have many great schools, teachers and students in the 1st Ward but obviously, we have challenges too. The status quo isn't good enough.

I fully support the right to strike, but I have not supported this specific strike. Successful protests and strikes seek to empower the many, not the few. This strike has selfishly empowered a union leadership, not empowered teachers, parents, and children. I believe the strike is unnecessary and more about personalities than the actual important and legitimate issues.

Today's announcement that the strike will continue is incredibly disappointing and frankly, ridiculous... Our kids need to go back to school. There is absolutely no valid reason why school can't resume before the union votes on this new contract.

Karen Lewis talked a lot about "trust" in her press conference making this unnecessary announcement earlier... The longer this goes, the less I am able to trust their assertion that their most prevalent concern is the well-being of our children.

Of course it would be better if there were more time for the delegates and members to examine and disseminate the specifics of the new contract, but this is far from an ideal situation. Enough is enough! Our children and the reputation of our teachers are being damaged every day that this continues. I urge the the leadership to stop grandstanding and start letting our talented teachers do what they do best... teach.