Teacher uprising, again

MY MOTHER was a schoolteacher and later a school librarian. She never caused problems, but she always got paid on time.

Teachers in Mexico are unionized, which should never, ever be permitted for public servants, and that leads to many fusses.

In some Mexican states, teacher unions cause more problems than in other states. Unfortunately, I landed in one of the troublesome states in more ways than one. Oaxaca is another with perpetually angry teachers.

Teachers have been raising the Devil around here for the past few weeks because, they say, the government owes them various payments. That’s probably true. I wish they’d get paid so they would return to the classroom to do what they do best, preach socialism along with the occasional math and Spanish lesson.

1200px-red_star.svgLast week, we drove downtown early to pay our property taxes and the annual water bill for our Downtown Casita. The entrance to City Hall was blockaded by teachers. We came home.

Yesterday, we went to the state capital for shopping. No problem at Costco and Superama, but we wanted to visit a huge shopping mall. We couldn’t because the entrances were blockaded by teachers.

For two weeks, rail traffic has been halted hereabouts because teachers are camped out on the tracks. This is causing massive economic losses, but it has resulted in silence throughout the night on the nearby railroad track.

We do sleep a bit more soundly.

Meanwhile, the government, both federal and state, dithers. The teachers say they’ll up the protests soon if they don’t get all the dough they claim they’re due. And students are getting a long vacation.

My mother never did anything like this.

But she did get paid on time.

19 thoughts on “Teacher uprising, again

  1. Yep, mom got paid but I bet not very much. I base that on personal experience, having spent some years as a classroom teacher and more years as a public school principal and assistant superintendent. Of course, in Texas, where I was, teacher unions are not a thing even yet. My cure for my dissatisfaction with the pay and other issues was to go to another career.

    I have personally experienced the Oaxaca de Juarez teacher attitudes. Interesting stuff to a Gringo. It seems to never end. A friend who has lived there for decades credits it to the Zapotec attitude of “having never been conquered.” Maybe he’s right.


    1. Ricardo: I don’t remember my mother ever complaining about her pay, but my parents never talked about that sort of thing around us kids, so who knows? I do know that I wish the current issues here would be resolved so life can return to normal.


  2. Felipe: Here in Canada, teachers are well paid. There has long been an attempt at year-round schooling in order to get more use out of the buildings, usually three weeks in school and three weeks out for both teachers and students, alternating with another group. Administrators guarantee families that all the kids in a family will have the same schedule, but it is the teachers who have shot it down. They also go on strike regularly to “help the students get the best education possible,” which somehow always ends up with them wanting more money.

    The one that kills me though is our postal workers. A letter carrier here makes $75,000/yr,, claiming it is dangerous. That’s more than our armed forces, of course. Fighting in Afghanistan isn’t as dangerous as delivering mail. They went on strike just before Christmas. My solution is the Reagan approach, fire them all and hire people willing to work without a union for a reasonable wage, only it’s easier to learn how to deliver mail than be an air-traffic controller.

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    1. Kris: Sounds like teaching and walking a mail route are pretty good gigs up there in your socialist paradise.

      Firing the air-traffic controllers was one of Reagan’s finest hours. But no public servant should be able to unionize. One is the obvious reason. Cops, firemen, air-traffic controllers, etc., are a necessity. The other reason is that during contract negotiations, public-service unions are essentially negotiating with themselves, government that covets their support and votes. That’s why they often have fat salaries. Not always, but too often. Your mailmen are an example.


      1. Felipe: My niece is a prime example. She wanted to be a teacher, to get the summers off so she could play soccer. Got a Poli/Sci degree, couldn’t get into teacher’s college. Went back and got a Science degree, then got in. So with B.A., B.Sc., and M.Ed., couldn’t get a tenure contract where she wanted to live. So after seven years of Uni, three years of contract teaching, she got a job delivering mail. Now she’s into roller derby.


        1. Kris: So, she’s a mailman during the week, and she kicks butt on roller skates weekends. Well, that’s certainly a combination. Humorous even, or as you would write it, humourous.


  3. Teachers here NOB are getting itchy too, I’m sure you’ve heard. It’s a tough job, not the least because everybody from politicians to parents think they know how you should be doing your job better than you do. Also because parents don’t seem to be doing their job all that well.


    1. Creigh: Teaching in the U.S., especially in certain areas, has grown quite difficult and even dangerous. It’s because your society is falling apart, and parents are not doing their job as a result. Ghetto schools are full of wild animals whom no one is able to control. Sad. Actually, more than sad.


      1. Society is falling apart because parents aren’t doing their job. Not the other way around. There. Fixed it for you.

        By the way, if you’ve ever watched more than a couple episodes of “The Dog Whisperer,” it will become painfully obvious that many people are afraid to even exert discipline over their dogs! How such people could ever raise responsible children is beyond me.

        That lack of will to impose discipline where it’s needed most seems to be one of the main ills of our society, IMHO.


        Kim G
        Ajijic, Jal
        Where we are doing some training of our friend’s dog.

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    2. Creigh, P.S.: Over the past year I’ve seen two or three videos on YouTube of teachers talking before government committees, or school boards, something like that, in which they say they are abandoning prematurely the teaching profession. It’s always the same reason. Violent kids running amok, and nobody does anything about it.

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  4. Teachers are unionized in Alabama. Until a few years ago, their dues were automatically deducted from their pay. If you were a teacher and you chose not to be in the union, you weren’t going to be around long (my parents were teachers, as were the Redhead’s). The legislature changed the law so that teachers had to stroke a check for their dues. Guess what happened to the Union?

    All the union did in Alabama was make the fat cats at the top fatter.

    This is why Alabamians routinely reject any tax increases for schools (these taxes are a local matter, and are voted on at the local level) — they know the money will never make it to the classroom.


  5. I hired on as an air-traffic controller back in 1989 after serving in the U.S. Navy. The FAA was still hiring from the results of the PATCO strike in 1981. The current union was chartered in 1987. It’s illegal for us to go on strike, and it was illegal back in 1981 as well. Mandatory retirement age for controllers is 56. I will be forced out this year.


    1. Thirsty: Illegal to go on strike? Good to hear that. But retirement at 56? Sounds like you don’t want to. I retired at 55, best thing I ever did. I bet you’ll get a pretty good pension. You should. It’s an important job.


      1. I still love my job but tired of the shift work. Looking forward to a consistent sleep schedule. The pension is good. My wife and I want to do some traveling and enjoy the next phase.


        1. Thirsty: Gotta be an interesting line of work, but you’re right. Shift work is horrible. That alone would inspire me to retire. You’re gonna love the liberty. Well, if you’ve got some imagination, which I suspect you do. Those who lack it just shrivel up when they retire, having no idea what to do with themselves. Sad.


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