Just curious, can your teachers strike?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-19-2006
Just curious, can your teachers strike?
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 6:48pm
I have lived in several states, but PA is the first one I have lived in where the teachers can strike. Right now the district next to us is on strike. They had been working without a contract for several years and went on strike Monday, January 9. Not sure how long it will last. Six years ago our district went on strike for 21 school days. It was really an unpleasant experience for everyone involved and I am afraid it will happen again. Our teachers have been working without a contract for a couple of years and I am concerned that we are next. Have any of you been through this? Thanks for any input. Robin

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-1999
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 7:07pm

My kids attend private schools. but I work in a public school district, the teachers can strike and have in the past.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-19-2006
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 7:21pm
I am sorry about that. I know how miserable that is. My friends that are teachers dread it. It just gets so ugly and unpleasant, especially with the Internet. I read the news articles about the strike on line and then people comment on the articles. The comments are so ugly, both sides say the nastiest things to each other. People are so "brave" when they are anonymous. It just creates such an unpleasant environment. I hope you guys don't have to deal with this anytime soon and I hope we don't have to either.
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:05pm
They had teachers unions in Michigan and they did strike maybe 2 times that I can remember growing up. Here in Texas they cannot strike, there are teacher organizations for helps oth legal issues, advice and banding together for representation for legislation and the like. But teachers have individual teacher contracts for school districts, and there is no tenure here either.
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:24pm
Wow that is like the polar opposite of PA. When I lived I VA it was somewhere in the middle. I remember the teachers having a "work to the rule" strike, and they picketed the the school during drop off and pick up, but there were still classes. I do know that the salaries and benefits in VA were not quite as good as in our district in PA, so I guess that the right to strike has monetary advantages even if it is a really ugly process. Are the teachers in TX well compensated to make up for no tenure?
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2001
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:46pm

Pennsylvania is ridiculous with the strikes.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-19-2006
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:58pm
Six years ago there was a 21 day strike that ended a couple days before Thanksgiving. Our kids went to school until the end of June with no days off except the legal national holidays. It was really awful. I don't want that again. Do you mind if I ask if you grew up in the Philadelphia area? I think our district had a really long strike in the 70's or something.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2001
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 9:11pm

I did grow up outside of Philadelphia, but this strike wasn't in the 70s.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 11:19pm
They strike in Illinois. We haven't been through it yet.

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 11:54pm
In Texas they have a set pay scale based on "years of service", so you definitely get compensated for the amount of years you have put in, though I think private school teaching and teaching at a charter school may not count toward the years of service, but I'd have to check.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-19-2006
Wed, 01-18-2012 - 7:07am
Are strikes common in IL? We moved to PA 8 years ago and in that amount of time there have been several strikes in our area. They have been anywhere from a week to over a month. It just seems crazy to me. Something needs to be done, but everyone seems very used to the system. It just creates so much animosity. It doesn't seem healthy.

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