As a retired teacher of 31 years. I would like you to know that my thoughts are with you as you stand up for the respect and compensation teachers across the country deserve. My first experience with a teacher’s strike was in 1973 in a suburban Detroit school district. I was a 4th year teacher and this was a stressful decision. Sadly, we were out for almost six weeks following five years without a contract and after a nearby district had fired their entire staff for striking. It was a large district, but every single teacher walked out and stayed out together. It was a strong but peaceful protest and in the end was successful. We were surprised at the community support as well as the other union support including the Auto Workers, Teamsters and several other teacher organizations. Remember what Labor Day is really about and know there are supporters around you even when it doesn’t feel like it.