West Virginia teachers union battles proposed ban on flip-flops, jeans and facial piercings
Teachers in West Virginia's largest school district don't want to be told they can't show up for work in jeans and flip-flops.Where to begin... First off, if specific items of clothing - like flip-flops - are written into the dress code, I can pretty much guarantee that it's because they received complaints about it. They tend to work in terms of generalities like "professional manner" if the people subject to the code, you know, dress professionally... Something tells me they had parents complaining about teachers in flip-flops and ripped jeans.
In fact, they don't want to be told how to dress, period.
The Kanawha County school district's board of ed last week introduced a proposed dress code, which also bars facial piercings, and immediately got a dressing down from the teachers union. It's not that the local teachers want to wear their weekend attire, they insist, it's that codifying it so strictly is insulting.
This is the second time the dress code has been brought up. The first time, about a dozen years ago, it was defeated by a union push. It's a good thing those poor downtrodden teachers have a union to fight for them. Why, without the union, they'd never be able to wear flip-flops to work! PRIORITIES, PEOPLE! And some people question the utility of unions in this day and age! Pshaw! They're fighting for the right of college-educated people in professional jobs to wear children's footwear to work.
You know, the kind of things unions were originally assembled to do...
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