Under Michigan law, teachers may not strike, but Detroit teachers have staged multiple sickouts in recent months. Do you remember when Air Traffic Controllers did this back when Reagan was president? He fired all of them who didn’t return to work, there’s a lesson in that for Detroit. Unions are useful only for Progressive-Socialist politicians and union leaders.
All but a handful of Detroit Public Schools were closed Monday after teachers — angry that the troubled district may not be able to pay them over the summer — threatened a sickout.
More than 90 of the district’s approximately 100 schools were closed, according to announcements on the district’s Facebook page, and additional closures were still being added early Monday. More than 40,000 students attend the city’s schools.
Leaders of the Detroit Federation of Teachers learned over the weekend that the district would run out of emergency state funding at the end of June, according to the Detroit News.
That means that unless the state legislature passes a plan to rescue the system, the district won’t be able to make payroll over the summer, leaving teachers unpaid for work they did during the school year.
“There’s a basic agreement in America: When you put in a day’s work, you’ll receive a day’s pay. DPS is breaking that deal,” Ivy Bailey, the union’s interim president, said in a statement. “Teachers want to be in the classroom giving children a chance to learn and reach their potential. Unfortunately, by refusing to guarantee that we will be paid for our work, DPS is effectively locking our members out of the classrooms.” More