The government and school boards hold most of the cards when it comes to preventing a strike. A supportive workspace does not push it’s employees to work past their breaking points and minimize their concerns. An employer who doesn’t want strikes does not say a burnt out teacher is a teacher to be admired. An employer who wishes to avoid a strike listens.
Kind words at the eleventh hour are not enough. Kind words that are backed by signatures on an injunction against our legal strikes. Kind words that are backed by using a pandemic response measure to make their own lives easier. Kind words backed by an endorsement of work harder and longer with barely cost of living salary increases. Kind words backed by “we need only meet the minimum of the agreement not be better than it.”
We are striking because kind words are not enough anymore. Our kind words have fallen on deaf ears. We must return the favour and show that we too can turn a deaf ear to pleasantries and act.
See you on the picket lines.