Pulliam was a strike captain who encouraged fellow teachers to go on strike in February. Now he says he has misgivings about that.
“I felt as if I was taking my soldiers into a winless fight,” he said. “Yes, we all took a financial hit. I feel so sorry about those who also took that hit, but may or may not have been prepared for the type of losses that they received.”
Now, he and his family are leaving California and moving to northern Virginia next month.
“I’m gone. I put a good fight in,” he said. “I tried. I gave it all my all. And, Godspeed. That’s all I can say.”
Pulliam said the strike, and the disappointment with the deal teachers eventually received, played into that decision.
“All of the things that I experienced during the strike symbolized a microcosm of what’s happening across California,” Pulliam said. “You’re losing more than you’re gaining. We decided that we need to get out of this web and move to where things make more sense.”
There is no collective bargaining for public school teachers in Virginia.