One can understand, I guess, why a certain type of person would want this sort of leverage in negotiating for more money:
Warwick School District superintendent Philip Thornton confirmed Friday morning that classes were canceled due to a “sick out,” where dozens of teachers called out sick over ongoing contract negotiations.
74 of 145 teachers in total called out Friday, causing the superintendent to cancel school over insufficient staffing.
What isn’t so easy to understand, however, is why we not only tolerate such behavior, but even give labor unions structural advantages in our laws. “Sick outs” by well-paid, white-collar “professionals” are a form of extortion founded in greed. (According to the contract on the district’s Web site, a step 10 teacher in Warwick makes $76,601, with large additions for longevity and graduate education as well as opportunity for more through other activities, all with a government employee’s stellar benefits and a 180-day work year.)
Imagine a private business that allowed your children to become pawns in a negotiation and could disrupt your entire life on a moment’s notice like this. Couple that with the system’s institutional intention to indoctrinate its students, and it isn’t difficult to see why the education establishment so desperately fears school choice. Only by forcing families to pay for their service can they get away with this level of abuse.