…and their strikes’ impacts. Look at the Arizona teachers union strikes, for instance.
Arizona parents scrambled to find alternative arrangements for their children as the state braced for a third day of teacher walkouts.
It’s estimated that at least 800,000 Arizona students have been affected by the strike that started Thursday, with some school districts in the state closed until further notice.
It isn’t only the children that these strikers are holding hostage for their demands. It’s the parents, too, who must take time off from work to take care of their children with those kids denied access to schools and education.
The teachers unions complain about low pay. They’re ignoring, though, the even lower pay of many of those parents who are being harmed by these teachers union strikes. Jennifer Goehring, a nurse, a former teacher, and a union supporter but not of the strikes:
It’s holding the parents hostage because they are having to scramble to find people to watch their kids. It’s placing an undue hardship on families just trying to stay afloat. I don’t like the kids being used as pawns.
Goehring, by the way, alternates with her husband to watch their children and several others whose families couldn’t take off work during the walkout. Others, plainly, are trying to fill in to ameliorate, at least a little, the damage the teachers unions are causing.
Churches, community centers, youth clubs, food banks, and community organizations are offering free and discounted services to help take care of students.
Who’s paying for all of this support for those parents and their children? It isn’t the teachers unions, who are causing the expenses. Bet on it: they won’t reimburse these facilities after the fact, either.