Wednesday, June 25, 2008
State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County, submitted a letter to House Labor Relations Chairman Robert Belfanti asking him to hold summer hearings on the Strike-Free Education Act. The act (HB 1369) would prohibit teacher strikes and teacher lockouts from schools. Metcalfe says he's seen the devastation of teacher strikes in his own district. More than 7,500 students in the Seneca Valley School District are still in classes as a result of a strike last fall. Pennsylvania has had more teacher strikes over the last four years (82), than all other states combined (55). Thirty-seven other states already have anti-strike legislation.