Early picket lines

7 a.m.  Reporter Angela Hill met up with about a dozen strikers were out at Bret Harte Middle School this morning. They tried to get a substitute hired for the day to join them,  to no avail. Peter Mates, 63, a 7th grade teacher of English and Medieval literature, made sure he was there by 5 a.m. to try and stop the janitor from entering the school. He was unsuccessful.

“Since our teachers are so poorly paid, we can see why they would cross the picket line because they don’t want to lose a day’s pay,” Mates said. “But that would be disappointing. We’re hopeful that none will cross. But we expect that two out of 34 teachers will cross.”