The work-to-rule thing sucks for the kids. I know that, and I totally get it. No after-school clubs, no extracurriculars, no field trips - it sucks for them. I'm not about to deny that.
The one-day strike happening today. It sucks for parents. One of the functions of public schools is cheap daycare, along with the education of our children. I sit in a position of privilege here, I realize that. Between an ex-husband that is generally available and willing to take his kids; a boyfriend also willing to hang with my kids and a job that, worse come to worse, will let me stay home for a day to watch them myself, I'm not going to be horribly affected by this action. That's a privilege and I recognize it. Many parents are not in such a lucky position. I get that too. I'm glad for their sake that this is only a one day action.
Teachers work damn hard. I've watch my sister go through the rigors of constant training and upgrading skills (the courses which are paid out of pocket). Lesson planning and grading that goes well into the nights and weekends. I barely see her between the months of September and June, she's so busy.
I entrust my kids to their teachers care for 5-6 hours a day. Damn right I want them paid and compensated well. It's not greed, it's what they have coming to them. I've read time and time again that they are doing wrong by the children by holding out and taking job action. No one has pointed a finger at the school boards and government who also continue to hold out on negotiations. No one seems to be up in arms about school board trustees with six figure salaries. It's the teachers because "That's my tax money!"
If my kids teachers are well compensated, that means they're going to be happier and more satisfied with their job. Which means my kids get a better education. I'm okay with my taxes going towards that.