|Posted:||February 16, 2017 02:45 PM|
|From:||Representative Will Tallman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||School Strike Legislation|
|In the near future, I plan to reintroduce the Strike Free Education Act, which I sponsored last session in the form of House Bill 126.
Within the past decade, the majority of teacher strikes nationwide have occurred in three states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio. In fact, during the 2015-16 school year alone, there were nine teacher strikes in Pennsylvania, which interrupted and adversely impacted the learning experiences of more than 25,000 students, and also had a negative economic impact on our local communities. Furthermore, our neighboring states of New York, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey do not allow strikes by any public sector employees, including teachers. In all, 36 states plus the District of Colombia prohibit strikes by public employees.
The Strike Free Education Act repeals the current collective bargaining article, Article XI-A, in the Public School Code and creates a new article to address the collective bargaining process.
The highlights of the bill are as follows:
If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Carol Hoffman in my Harrisburg office at 783-8875 or via email at email@example.com.
Introduced as HB920