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.
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