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    Oklahoma's Revolution Didn't End with Teacher Strikes—It's Going Much Further

    By Valerie Vande Panne / Independent Media Institute

    Oklahoma is in the midst of a revolution, with rolling teacher strikes statewide. Teachers have taken over the state capitol building, pressuring legislators to give them—and their fellow school employees—a raise. At the time of this writing, more state agencies, from Corrections to Mental Health to Transportation, are joining the teachers in their fight, and are getting louder about their budget shortfalls, too. While the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA—the primary teacher’s membership organization) recently announced the strike is over, the teachers continue to strike and walk out, and, according to a leader of the teacher’s strike, are seeking a new union that will actually represent their interests.

    Meanwhile, legislators are seeking ways to punish the striking teachers, and have accused the teachers of bussing in protesters, and local police call the teachers “terrorists."

    In other words, the current state of unrest in Oklahoma is far from over, and state workers are far from being done protesting.

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    The news has been teeming with tales of teachers selling their plasma or working five jobs to make ends meet, yet the truth is it’s state workers who are impoverished, across the spectrum. While the poverty rate in the U.S. has fallen over the last 10 years, the poverty rate in Oklahoma has steadily risen.

    And that’s only scratching the surface of the reasons for Oklahoma’s revolution. What’s boiling underneath is the knowledge that the state should be exceedingly wealthy: Fossil fuels are kings here, and oil, gas, and coal are sucked from the earth, from the rural countryside to the state capitol building in Oklahoma City. Decades of sweetheart deals have left the state paying those industries more than those industries pay the state.

    https://www.alternet.org/local-peace...-isnt-over-yet
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    Let's see if I have this correct: The public sector unions, you know those people that are paid with taxpayer's money, want a pay raise. They demand this pay raise from a mostly Republican-controlled state government. Now keep in mind that these public sector unions, and especially the teacher's unions, donate mostly, overwhelmingly, to Democrats. Then they, the teachers, are surprised that these Republicans, who they vote against, won't give them more of the people's money? I think these teachers need to do their homework.
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    p.s., I have little, to no sympathy for these teachers.

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    Additionally, I strongly advocate the banning of all public sector unions from having the ability to collectively bargain with government officials in regard to pay, benefits, and retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    Let's see if I have this correct: The public sector unions, you know those people that are paid with taxpayer's money, want a pay raise. They demand this pay raise from a mostly Republican-controlled state government. Now keep in mind that these public sector unions, and especially the teacher's unions, donate mostly, overwhelmingly, to Democrats. Then they, the teachers, are surprised that these Republicans, who they vote against, won't give them more of the people's money? I think these teachers need to do their homework.
    Are you suggesting that if the teachers donated to republican politicians, pay raises would be forthcoming?

    Low pay for teachers has created a free market shortage in Oklahoma public schools.

    Low wages have created an exodus of educators, causing a teacher shortage in Oklahoma. As a result, school districts had to cut curricula and deploy nearly 2,000 emergency-certified instructors as a stop-gap measure.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news...o-week-walkout
    Pay for teachers in Oklahoma is just about $16,000 a year less than what Texas pays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    Let's see if I have this correct: The public sector unions, you know those people that are paid with taxpayer's money, want a pay raise. They demand this pay raise from a mostly Republican-controlled state government. Now keep in mind that these public sector unions, and especially the teacher's unions, donate mostly, overwhelmingly, to Democrats. Then they, the teachers, are surprised that these Republicans, who they vote against, won't give them more of the people's money? I think these teachers need to do their homework.
    So what are you suggesting they should do? Give money to politicians who oppose their interests?

    BTW, Oklahoma is a right to work state, and I'm pretty sure that the union there has no legal status as a bargaining agent. From a legal standpoint, the union doesn't matter at all.
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    Additionally, I strongly advocate the banning of all public sector unions from having the ability to collectively bargain with government officials in regard to pay, benefits, and retirement.
    I'm pretty sure that's the case in Oklahoma. What we're seeing there is the result. If a union had negotiated the contract, the union would have had a role in preventing this strike.
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    I guess you that have a different view on this situation than me, have no idea how unions and to political process works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasselas View Post
    i'm pretty sure that's the case in oklahoma. What we're seeing there is the result. If a union had negotiated the contract, the union would have had a role in preventing this strike.
    roflmao!

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    roflmao!
    What does this mean? How is this a substantive response?

    Seems clear you aren't familiar with laws regarding unions.

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