Senate Education Committee Holds Hearings on Collective Bargaining and Teacher Strikes

Article posted on April 20, 2018

BEDFORD (April 20, 2018) – Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr., (R-Blair) brought the Senate Education Committee to Bedford County today for the second of two hearings this week on the current collective bargaining process and teacher strikes. The first was held at the Capitol on Wednesday.

“Today’s roundtable hearing provided an opportunity to discuss serious issues about the threat of school strikes and the harm they do to children,” said Senator Eichelberger. “But whether here in Bedford County, or at the Capitol, our goal is the same: collect information that will help us prevent contract impasses from interfering with our students’ education.”

Over the course of the two hearings, committee members listened to testimony from a wide variety of stakeholders, including school board directors, superintendents, teachers, solicitors, and policy analysts.

Some of the themes heard at the meetings included the need for more precise timelines in the collective bargaining process and stronger penalties when one party manipulates the process and fails to participate in good faith. In addition, the Committee welcomed recommendations for alternatives to teacher strikes.

The Senate Education Committee will move forward with the feedback and consider ways to improve Act 88.

 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Andrew Armagost, Senate Education Committee Assistant Executive Director, at aarmagost@pasen.gov, or Patrick Schurr, Executive Assistant, at (866) 509-3424 or pschurr@pasen.gov.

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