Last year, when teachers held a sick-out
to protest Bevin's proposed pension cuts, the governor unleashed an unhinged rant.
In the meantime, lawmakers were speaking out about the sick-out. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, a Republican, called the protest over wages "irresponsible and counterproductive," (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/05/detroit_teachers_shut_down_sch.html) MLive.com reported .
Only three public schools were open Tuesday in Detroit due to widespread teacher sick-outs, and while some parents took the educators' sides, many state lawmakers were not so understanding as they took up legislation that would remedy the pay issues at the heart of the protest.
Atlas argues that the union is undermining its ability to negotiate a contract by being intractable, and says that weaker second-quarter earnings "were impacted by labor-related service disruptions." It had to go to court to get an injunction this summer to have the union stop pushing mass sick-outs
, fatigue calls, and dubious mechanical issues.
Earlier this year, teachers in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) district in Michigan engaged in rolling teacher sick-outs to protest their deplorable working conditions.
Building on Brown's argument, the Detroit teacher sick-outs are an excellent example of how teachers can co-construct learning experiences with their students based on an examination of issues of equity, privilege, and oppression related to their learning conditions.
Since September 19, some teachers have staged "sick-outs
." These involve teachers calling in "sick" the day before they are supposed to teach, especially late in the day to reduce the possibility that they could be replaced in time--resulting in the closure of several schools.
And while that might not justify sick-outs
, renegotiations or failing to honor contracts, it does explain the impulse to get everything they can while they can, before the music stops and they find themselves suddenly lacking a front-row seat at the celebrity trough.