Inslee: Educators Are The New Grocery Store Workers
Inslee: Educators Are The New Grocery Store Workers
Looks as if Washington governor, Jay Inslee is on the bad side of the Washington teacher’s union, Washington Education Association (WEA) after his comment at a press conference yesterday where he likened educators to grocery store workers.
Which went over like a lead balloon, I might add. Yes, he said this in all his muffled, masked glory.
We’ve asked our grocery clerks to go on site, and do their job, and as a result we have food to eat. We’re not asking any more than we ask of bus drivers, who have now gone into buses to make sure that we can commute. It’s not anything more than we’ve asked from our child care providers, and they’ve stepped up to the plate, or the firefighters, or the police officers. So to the extent that communities do make the decision to go back to onsite learning, they’re asking educators no more than they have asked for the other parts of our community that keep us safe, and help our community thrive.”-Jay Inslee
Really, Mr. Inslee? That’s why you, in conjunction with WEA, abruptly cut short all in-person learning last year at the beginning of April?
Child care providers still had to go to work then. So did our first responders. Both groups of workers are essential to our communities, Jay. School employees who are support staff still had to go into these buildings in order to support teachers who were not in their classrooms. Was it perhaps, Jay The Snake wanted to stay on the good side of WEA members before being elected to another term as our (useless) governor? He wouldn’t have wanted to piss off the union and a large share of his voter base, now would he? Of course not!
Comparing bus drivers and grocery workers…as honorable as they are I didn't realize they were also professionals with advanced degrees setting the standard of our future. You have solidified your political ineptitude. Next election you lost my vote. #ShameOnYou #replaceinslee
— J. Morgan (@JMorganJones3) January 27, 2021
Inslee’s remarks are insulting for a number of reasons. From an educator’s standpoint, some teachers feelthey play a very important role in the community. The WEA pushed hard for this back in 2018 when teachers statewide went on strike the first two weeks of school.
+ three months off
+ guaranteed jobs
+ paid not tied in any way to being good at your job
— CITIZEN OF REAL AMERICA – Todd Ξ Herman Gab/Parler (@toddeherman) January 27, 2021
They wanted more money. They got more money. More money than an average grocery store clerk makes in a month, I’d say. They continued to collect their salaries when we all went on lockdown. Not begrudging them in the least but they still collected a paycheck so, there’s that. Some Washington residents were not as lucky. Not only does Inslee insult the teachers here but he slaps parents in the face at the same time. You’ve gone into Safeway to get food for you and your kids (if they are still living at home) since the lockdowns have begun in March, right? Have you set foot inside of your child’s school for a parent/teacher conference? Nope. Why is that? If teachers are as essential as grocery store workers, why all the fuss? Why did we lock down schools for months and months and months to the detriment of these children and families whom some educators claim to care about and love so much?
Nice to see that you and your wife get your second vaccine meanwhile you tell teachers🖕…nice.
I'll tell you right now if you keep treating teachers this way you can expect our education system to go down the crapper.
— Jeremy Boyle (@SeattleHockey16) January 27, 2021
Dude, it already has. See Exhibit A, Inslee, our governor.
Inslee was asked if his office had given thought to declaring a school employee vaccination day as a means of getting students back to the classroom faster, and letting all teachers get the COVID-19 vaccine.
No, we have not given consideration to that. There’s a mathematical equation that must be faced, which is a ‘very difficult reality.’ If you vaccinate a 25-year-old teacher, then an older person doesn’t get a dose.”-Jay Inslee
He does mathematical equations now, Washingtonians! And, he follows the science. Because Jay Inslee is smart (snort). Reason number two?
“I believe that we can open up our schools safely, now, as long as we use proper hygiene and good systems. We have proven this. We have proven this because there’s over 100,000 pupils in the state of Washington who have been doing this safely for months now. This is not an academic exercise — all you have to do is go to the schools around the state who are doing this successfully with minimal, very minimal, in-school transmission.”
We can open our schools safely now, Jay? With very minimal transmission? Say it isn’t so! Miraculously, this change of heart happened oh-so-quickly after Inaguration Day, didn’t it? This wouldn’t happen to have anything to do with higher aspirations within the Biden administration would it? Inslee The Snake did this to some of his biggest supporters. It is now safe to return to school, teachers! Even though there’s a new COVID-19 strain and there are limited vaccines, Kim Jong Inslee thinks it’s time. But he does caution those concerned with Number Three:
Now the third thing I will say is that there’s no zero risk. Anytime you step out of your living room, … there’s some risk, right? There’s no zero risk environment.”-Jay Inslee
This guy. No zero risk. A double negative makes a…you guessed it! Mathematical equations, governor. Jay Inslee is acting like this is some great revelation that we now know but were blissfully unaware of months back. By no zero risk, Jay, you mean to tell us that masking-up, following the arrows in the supermarket aisles, standing six feet apart, eating outside in the rain and cold (while some people who have to make a living are actually working in these elements to keep their families afloat) and telling us we’re going to kill grandma at Christmas dinner was all part of something that was an unavoidable thing all along? Closing small businesses was an exercise in futility because no zero risk? People are still going to catch the dreaded Coronavirus? Say it isn’t so!
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