Here’s the Background Story:
Freedom of speech and the right to assemble peacefully are core elements of the Constitution. The powers that be must be able to hear grievances if the people are to have any power; strikes and protests are the most effective ways to convey those grievances.
These gatherings convey a clear message: we need more than what we’re earning. Worker strikes have profound impacts on their employers; sometimes devastating if continued for too long. Some believe worker strikes can go too far. If that’s the case, should those protests be restricted?
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
Roughly 30,000 educators from the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union stopped working for six days in January. They spent the previous two years negotiating worker contracts; they were even working for one year without a contract. State funding is counted by the day in California, and the estimated cost of this strike was $97 million.
If allowed to accumulate, that amount would bankrupt the second largest school district in the nation. The area’s budget is $500 million for 2019; the school district has their work cut out for them.
But what exactly did the teachers want in return? What was so important it justified increasing demand on already-strapped resources?
Ultimately, the situation was about so much more than just money, though money did play a role in the strike. Educators demanded new contracts, a raise, smaller sized classes, and more staff members. They also addressed the alleged $600 million in resources drained from the teacher’s union to prop up charter schools. The board is looking at a 6.5 percent raise on a two-year contract.
This Is What Other People Think:
Poll: Should There Be Restrictions on Worker Strikes?
31% Voted Yes
69% Voted No
What Do You Think?
This is the first time in near 30 years teachers have gone on strike in LA. Thankfully, strikes are rare, but the impacts of this protest nearly annihilated the LA school district. Given the scope of this gathering, should worker strikes be restricted, or are they free to make their point by any non-violent means? We’re very interested to hear your thoughts about one of the largest worker strikes in recent history.