The Teacher's Strike

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TURZAR, ALMA F. BSE-B12 THE TEACHER’S STRIKE
It was April of 1990 when the teacher’s strike began and ended at the end of May of the same year. The teachers’ strike at our Boystown/ Girlstown in Manila where I studied High School was classified as one of the major crises in the life of the Sisters and our Founder, Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz. At first, Fr. Al misjudged the situation and treated it as nothing. But as it turned out, it was deadly serious. It became apparent that the ultimate goal of the teachers was the takeover of our School. The goal of the sisters was to remake each of us into the image and likeness of Christ .The leaders of the striking teachers wanted to take over the education program in order to remake us into their own image and likeness which was, to follow and obey only them and not the Sisters. The leaders of the striking teachers were very much friends of the modern world. They objected strongly to the clear, good, but balanced guidelines that the Nuns implying and teaching us about the virtue of charity. Also, it must be said that some of the striking teachers had the reputation of being gay and the personal lives of some of them was far from good examples. The seed of the strike was sown a year before when Fr. Al decided to fire five trouble-making teachers. Before letting them go, he gave them every opportunity to save their jobs. The sister in charge of education met with them, and also their lawyer too, and he called them one by one and tried to tell them to change their ways. Their ways were, in general, liberal. They were always complaining, and criticizing the Sisters. There was never a problem regarding wages because their wages were exactly double that of what teachers in government schools were being paid. There was never a question concerning working conditions, because our facilities are first rate. In every way, Fr. Al...
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