This is the second time in less than a month that we’ve discussed striking teachers. The Gresham-Barlow School District saw a strike April 25. A tentative agreement was reached and the strike ended after less than four hours, but it was still big news since it was the first teacher strike in the state since 2006. And it’s not just Oregon teachers that are using the strike option. San Francisco educators voted to approve a strike this week also — the first there since 2006.
So, what’s going on here?
Budget cuts are at the heart of these labor disputes. Teachers don’t want to settle for less, but districts say limited resources prevent them from offering more in terms of both pay and benefits.
Are you a teacher or school administrator? Do you have kids in school? What’s your take on labor issues in Oregon schools?