Yesterday we reported on the Colorado Education Association looking for someone to coordinate “escalating activity” in “high intensity campaigns” in targeted school districts.
LA School Report also notes the words of United Teachers Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl in his “State of the Union” speech to members. “Keep your eye out for the first of a series of monthly escalating actions starting in October at school sites,” he said.
Both of these actions seem to imply that union officers believe escalation is a unilateral strategy. Perhaps they’re right. This story about the cowed opposition to a Washington Education Association class size initiative suggests a lack of intestinal fortitude when it comes to facing down the teachers’ union.
Each locale will handle these actions as circumstances and personalities dictate, but as a general rule I would advise riding that escalator to see who jumps off before reaching the top.