Currently, 37 states, including neighboring New York and New Jersey, prohibit teacher strikes. Pennsylvania is only one of two states in the Northeastern United States that allows teacher strikes.
Pennsylvania remains the undisputed "Teacher Strike Capital" of the United States with nearly 250,000 students locked out of the classroom throughout the past decade.
Representative Metcalfe continues to support legislation to end teacher strikes in the Commonwealth (House Bill 1139).
Representative Metcalfe believes the Pennsylvania Constitution (Article 3, Section 14) needs to be amended with the following plain English provision: “And shall not provide for any lawful strike or lockout of employees of public education.”
“Militant teacher unions have no legitimate right to shut down a public school solely for bargaining purposes,” said Representative Metcalfe, whose legislative district has been negatively impacted by three public school-closing teacher strikes since he has been serving in the Legislature.
“Ultimately, teacher strikes are really the hammer that forces property taxes through the roof because taxpayers are left footing the bill for union-driven salary increases and lengthy arbitrations,” said Representative Metcalfe. “Eliminating teacher strikes is a fundamental quality of life issue that I've been working on for years and will continue to do so for the benefit of our students, parents and taxpayers.”
“Children are the future of this country and they are the most negatively impacted by teacher strikes,” said Representative Metcalfe. “I remain committed to working for policy changes that will reduce the property tax burden and reform our public education system by creating more accountability, competition and putting control back into the hands of parents and taxpayers rather than self-serving teacher unions.”