Teachers in Dallas School District Plan to Strike

DALLAS -- Teachers in the Dallas School District will begin to strike on Friday, September 22nd.

Tensions are running high in the Dallas School District. Once again, teachers are going on strike.

"They make better money than I do and a lot of other people do, and when they retire, boy, they have it made," Irene Whitlock of Trucksville said. "I don't want to take away from them but we can't take away from the children just so that they can have that."

The teachers said they're striking for better salaries and health care. They've been without a contract since 2015. Last year, they walked off the job for 22 days.

"They came here with no intention of getting an agreement," Pennsylvania State Education Association Region Field Director said. "I told that to my team two days ago. I told that to my team last night. They're not here to get an agreement. They`re here for political purposes only."

Dallas School District leaders said they tried to negotiate with the union. They, too, wanted to avoid this trike.

"Anybody that says that a strike does not affect the educational process is somebody that should come and talk to me because I know how it affects the educational process because I went through it with my kid," Dallas School District Solicitor Vito Deluca said. "I feel bad for parents who have to deal with childcare tomorrow."

Newswatch 16 spoke to a student from Dallas High School.

"I'm more angry for the teachers than anything because people don't realize that teachers are humans, too," Dallas High School Senior Christina Blankensop said. "They deserve to have their pay and they deserve what they get."

While she wants her teachers to get what they want, Blankensop hopes both groups will set aside their differences soon.

"I just wish that they could come to a compromise because as a student, it's frustrating that my education is being affected by adults that can't make decisions who are trying to teach us about life," Blankensop said.

The state department of education will determine how long the strike will last. Parents are asked to contact school officials regarding any specific questions.

29 comments

  • Larry Stokes

    I am in total support for the Dallas teachers. They are worth everything they are paid and then some. I don’t believe they should be allowed to strike but they need to be paid. I would like to know what you people complaining do for a living. Obviously you are not teachers or law enforcement, because you complainers bitch about them the most. They are the people that deserve to be paid for dealing with society. Maybe you people chose the wrong profession. Wake up

    • El Ma

      LARRY STOKES, I chose to teach and I chose a different path because I could not tolerate the political nonsense and the union pressure.

      Teachers have nothing in common with Law Enforcement other than they are on the TAXPAYERS’ PAYROLL, not some union’s.

      “Dealing with society?” How much is that worth, Larrrrrrrrrrry? The last time I looked, there wasn’t enough money to pay me to put up with the education system. So, I dropped my cell phone service, my cable service, bought a fuel-efficient vehicle that was affordable, make my own coffee at home, and cook my own meals at home.

      These people don’t deserve anything more than the next person – they CHOSE their paths, and they can CHOOSE a different on if it doesn’t turn out to be all unicorns and glitter for them.

  • sick of fake news

    HA!!! These greedy coddled overpaid and underworked fools are holding up signs about UNFAIR pay. Are you JOKING!!!???

    What is FAIR about my DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX BILL going up every single year? I am given NO CHOICE but to pay it whether or not I can afford to. THERE IS NO NEGOTIATION FOR TAXPAYERS. WHY SHOULD THERE BE FOR THE TEACHERS UNION?

    GET BACK TO WORK THAT IS WHAT YOU’RE BEING PAID TO DO.

    THEY SHOULD NOT BE PAID FOR THIS TIME OFF EITHER. IF I DON’T WORK. I DON’T GET PAID. WHY SHOULD THEY?!!!

    • El Ma

      SICK OF FAKE NEWS, these boobs pay their unions who, in turn, pay them a minor stipend for walking a picket line.

      Sadly, these people are teaching children and cannot, apparently, make their own decisions about their own lives. Truly frightening.

  • Carey

    I’m a tax paying citizen in the Dallas district and believe the teachers need to wake up and smell the coffee. Healthcare is not going to get any easier, i promise you this. Over the last couple of years, many people have had to change and start paying part of their healthcare cost.So what makes you think its fair for the Dallas teachers to pass their cost onto us as well? Hopefully you can see the predicament here?

  • fissels

    Everyone should appreciate what good teachers do to impact lives. Our society needs good teachers. However, they shouldn’t be able to strike and use the children as pawns. The state legislature should outlaw strikes!

    • sick of fake news

      They should not get paid for the days they’re on strike. Maybe then they’d think twice about their whining and grandstanding.

      Get over it DALLAS TEACHERS–NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND THINKS YOU GET PAID TOO LITTLE.

  • Larry Stokes

    Sounds like all you people bitchin picked the wrong profession, maybe should have been a teacher. These people deserve a raise being they have to deal with these snot nose brats that have a preceived sense of entitlement . I support the teachers 100%.

    • El Ma

      LARRY STOKES, if they can’t deal with the “snot nosed brats,” then they should manage a Staples store or choose a career in some field that doesn’t require human interaction.

  • Joe Public

    These teachers’ expectations are completely unrealistic. I can’t believe there is not more public outcry at the stench of teacher greed. It seems that this special breed of person, the unionized teacher, shouldn’t have to adapt to the constraints of the economy and should be exempt from what the rest of the working class must endure. Come off your power trip, do your jobs. Your are already overcompensated. I sincerely hope the school board does NOT bend to these fools, holding the education of our kids hostage all in the name of greed. I can say this having family and friends involved in several local school districts, who do quite a bit of bragging at the sweet ride they already have.

    • sick of fake news

      Right on! These teachers should not be granted an exemption from the economic circumstances all of the taxpayers in their school district have to deal with.

      They are already well paid. Far higher than minimum wage yet they want minimum-wage workers to pay even more to the tax collector every fall so they can take longer vacations, buy a newer car, go out to restaurants even more often. Where’s MY vacation? Where’s MY new car? Where’s my restaurant dining? I can tell you I can’t afford any of those things BECAUSE I AM FORCED TO PAY DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES. They are HIGH ENOUGH!!!!

      NOTE TO DALLAS SCHOOL BOARD—DON’T BUDGE AN INCH. IN FACT DEMAND A PAY CUT FROM THEM SO THE TAXPAYERS GET A BREAK FOR A CHANGE!!!!

      I VOTED LAST YEAR BASED ON WHICH CANDIDATE FOR SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD THE LINE WITH THESE CLOWNS. YOU NEED TO STAND FIRM AND STAY STRONG AND REPRESENT THE CITIZENS WHO ELECTED YOU AND NOT COW-TOW TO THE UNION. FOR SHAME ON GREED!!!!

  • El Ma

    These people are making an excess of $60,000.00 per year, according to civic statistics. Pay raise?

    Here’s an idea, greedy, self-absorbed union members: LEARN FROM THE RECENT SHENANIGANS!!! What you “want” and what you “get” are two separate matters, and the taxpayers that are YOUR bosses and pay YOUR salaries are quite tired of being slammed in their wallets while you people make ludicrous demands.

    Here’s a few other ideas, greedy, self-absorbed union members: LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS!!! You don’t need a 40K SUV for each member of your family. You don’t each need a $300 sm@rt phone with a family payment plan of $120 per month. Turn off your cable/satellite service – you don’t need to spend over $100 for mindless noise when you should be spending that time preparing lessons. Make your OWN coffee – you don’t need that $4 per day latte, do you? Can you do any of these things? I sure have – each and every one of them. And, guess what? It’s not as hard to do as one might think.

    The Dallas school budget for 2017 was roughly $38 miliion. Say that number, out loud: thirty eight million dollars. For one year. Are you people on OPIOIDS, or WHAT?!?!

  • sick of fake news

    What a JOKE!! They want yet another PAY INCREASE and their health insurance costs to be LOWER? GET REAL DALLAS GREEDY TEACHERS–apparently you are so uneducated you don’t realize (or don’t care) that WAGES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE ECONOMY HAVE BEEN STAGNANT FOR YEARS. NO ONE’S pay is INCREASING as a matter of course. Those days of getting increases every year to keep up with inflation are LONG GONE. Inflation is non-existent. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Read the FOMC statements.
    The taxpayers you want to pay for your greed have stagnant wages and increasing healthcare costs themselves. How are WE supposed to pay OUR healthcare costs if our already ridiculously high DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES go up even more because of your unwarranted GREEDY demands?

    Where is OUR PAY INCREASE to pay for higher salaries for YOU?

    ALL YOU TEACHERS NEED TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE YOU ONLY WORK A PARTIAL YEAR ALREADY AND THE TAXPAYERS YOU WANT TO BURDEN CANNOT AFFORD IT ANYMORE.

    GET REAL!!!!

    • El Ma

      SICK OF FAKE NEWS, I’m in total agreement. Why am I being held responsible for these people’s decisions to take out school loans? Why am I being held responsible for ANY of their lifestyle choices? Why is it that I have to pay out of my nose for THEIR salaries and benefits, and I still have to foot my own bills throughout my lifetime?

      It just simply boggles my mind. Dismantle the education system. Put the onus of education BACK onto the shoulders of parents and localities. Once upon a time, being a teacher was a noble profession. Today, it’s a fast-track career choice. UGH.

  • taxpayer

    This isnt the 1980’s anymore. We all pay for healthcare twice and even three times, with percentages, co-pays and not covered expenses.

    Dallas school board needs to hold the line, like Abington.

  • 🙄

    What is this a game of copy cat? Get to work teachers the only ones you’re hurting are these kids!why not try striking when school’s out. Do it on your own time and leave the kids out of it!! Jerks!!!

    • sick of fake news

      Why should they strike at all? No one else gets automatic pay increases or all of their healthcare paid for. Why should these spoiled, coddled greedy teachers? They knew what the job paid when they took it. Don’t like it? QUIT. Let the kids learn via AI and technology and cut the teaching staff by at least half.

  • Veteran Snipers Wife and Dallas Mom

    I’ll say it one more time. My kids go to Dallas. Our taxes are sky high which I could stomach when we had the best academic district around. It literally MAKES ME SICK that our to teachers flat out refuse to pay $25-$70 per month for healthcare. My husband risked life and limb serving our country as a Sniper in the US Army and he pays more then that at the VA for his healthcare! Come on now.

    • El Ma

      VETERAN SNIPERS WIFE AND DALLAS MOM, thank your husband for his service, thank you for your sacrifices in holding down the home front, and take your children OUT of public school, if it’s at all possible.

      The union members are blind, foolish, and seemingly dependent upon someone else telling them what’s good for them. So much for being EDUCATORS when they have to have some idiot in an Audi SUV negotiating their contracts for them. Can’t THEY read? Don’t THEY know what the words mean?

      Take your kids out of public school, VSWADM. They (and, all children) deserve to learn rather than be used as uninvited, nameless pawns at a political dance.

    • sick of fake news

      I thought about that myself. I’m a Dallas School District taxpayer and also pay school taxes in another district and Dallas’ School District taxes are much higher than that district and KEEP GOING UP EVERY YEAR! It is BY FAR the largest household expense I have already and these GREEDY CLOWNS want to make it even higher? NO BLEEPING WAY..

      WE ARE TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

  • Give Trump a chance

    I work at a hospital as a nurse, and pay over $400 a month for a basic health care plan. Health care is expensive nowadays. It’s expensive for everyone. Call your senator. They need to fix healthcare as a whole. It’s getting worse and worse with Obama’s failed “Affordable Health Care” bill.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the kids and parents dealing with this right now. I know how stressful it can be. Hopfully they don’t strike too long.

    • El Ma

      GIVE TRUMP A CHANCE, unless you are a nursing specialist or hold a Master’s Degree, you’re earning roughly the same, if not LESS, than these teachers do, on average.

      What a crock. Here, you’re helping people in a medical setting and exposing yourself to some SERIOUS illnesses, and you have to pay your own health insurance. And…….you’re not whining about it. KUDOS to you.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Blankensop, I’m going to teach you about life right now…..Lose the stupid nose ring. you look like an idiot..or a clown whichever you prefer.

    • Rick

      9 months? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 180 DAYS A YEAR COMES TO 6 MONTHS TOTAL. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THESE BLOOD SUCKING CLOWNS.

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