Letter: Teacher strike costs others

Dear Editor,

I sit here and watch the strike day by day, and hear teachers say how they are having to take on other jobs, rent out their houses, and on and on, but they never mention about all the others affected, such as secretaries, custodians, teacher assistants, grounds workers, and so on.

Those people have no pay, either, and it’s not even their strike.

If this strike is, as the teachers say, so important, then I would expect to see them on the picket line through the summer if it is not settled by next week.

If they choose not to picket over the summer, as it is their time off, then I would say it’s not very important to them, and I think they will lose all support of the parents, and so they should.

I also hear that they do not picket the maintenance/bus yard, so all the maintenance workers go to work and get paid, but can’t go out to any of the schools because they are behind picket lines – a big waste of time and money.

Why would they picket everywhere but here?

They say they are on strike for the kids. Let’s see what happens when summer starts. I bet they won’t spend their summer on the lines.

Pat Smith, Langley

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