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    WSWS: Three thousand Pittsburgh schoolworkers vote on strike

    Nearly 3,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and technical/clerical workers working for the Pittsburgh Public Schools are taking a mail-in strike vote. There has not been a strike in the city since the 1975-76 school year, over 40 years ago.

    The teachers and the other school employees have been working without a contract since June 30, 2017. Their last contract expired in June 2015. For two years they have worked under a contract extension.

    The vote, which does not mandate a strike but merely authorizes the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) to call one, will be counted on Monday. The union’s executive board will reportedly hold a meeting on Wednesday to review the results. The PFT has stated that it doesn’t want to call a strike and that it is hoping that the vote will get the Pittsburgh School Board to negotiate with the union.

    There is growing anger among teachers at the massive budget cuts which have been destroying education in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania.

    Full article here. 

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  • Ohio Barbarian (8976 posts)
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    1. The article goes on to describe the massive budget cuts to public

    education in Pennsylvania under both Republican and Democratic governors, and mentions how property tax abatements granted as bribes to corporations to hire a few dozen here or a few hundred there have crippled the local tax bases. An ongoing problem across America that does not get much press.

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    • Koko (5318 posts)
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      3. Thanks for the post on this!

      It really is happening all across the country.  I expect we will see more strikes in the near future, for the reasons the article says:

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    • Two way street (3397 posts)
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      4. In Texas, the tax abatments given by Govenor Rick Perry (now Energy Sec.)

      were for a 10 year period.  9 years later the companies began moving to new states.  Rick Perry did not show up to the Gubernatorial Debate of 2010 and was just barely re-elected.  His business practices were a part of his corruption that became outrageous and nationally well known as he was easily defeated by the vulture, Mitt Romney in 2012. In 2011, the State’s Independent School Districts filled suit over the drain of billions of dollars in public school funding.

      The abatements were approved for businesses donating large sums of money to TX Republican politician’s campaigns.  The abatements devastated local and county economies if they did not have oil and gas income.

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    2. This site just lost another of my posts – don't have time to reconstruct.

    Thanks for posting this

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    5. They voted to authorize the strike. YAY!

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers has voted to authorize a strike.

    In a release, the PFT said 94 percent of the union, 2,309 to 144, voted in favor of the authorization.

    Teachers have been working without a contract since June.

    The PFT executive board will meet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss whether they will go on strike or not. If the board does vote in favor of a strike, they are required to give the school district 48-hours notice. The earliest teachers could go on strike would be Tuesday, Feb. 20.

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/02/12/pittsburgh-federation-teachers-authorize-strike-vote/

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    • Ohio Barbarian (8976 posts)
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      6. Thanks! But the union sounds like it's AFT. They'll cave and refuse to authorize

      a strike, holding out for more negotiations. I would love to be wrong, but I’ll bet you a $5 donation to JPR.

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      • ravensong (2283 posts)
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        7. I hope not, OB, we all need to stand in united in order to

        to crush the fascists. And no need to bet, I’ll donate to JPR regardless.

        Destabilize the 1%.  "Together, together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution, our revolution, continues"... ~ Bernie