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Schools in eight Kentucky school districts were closed Friday as teachers across the state protested Republican changes to their pension system, CBS News reports.
Lexington and Louisville — the state's two largest school districts
— hundreds of teachers took sick days or refused to show up for work
after state lawmakers passed a bill changing the structure of pension
benefits for future teachers.
strike may be hard for reformers and the libertarians in the GOP to
understand: the teachers in Kentucky are not striking for themselves but
for their profession.
This wildcat strike follows weeks of protest by teachers to the Legislature and the Governor.
The action in Kentucky follows the wildcat strike in West Virginia and precedes the likely walkout in Oklahoma, scheduled for Monday April 2.
Teachers in Oklahoma demand higher pay (pay in Oklahoma is at or near
the worst in the nation despite a booming energy industry in the state
that gets huge tax breaks).
strikes and walkouts are happening in states where unions are not
strong. In fact, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Oklahoma are "right to
to reformers: If the Janus decision goes against the unions, you will
still have to contend with the power of organized teachers. No matter
what law is passed, teachers who are underpaid and disrespected have the
power to walk out. There are not enough TFA scabs in the nation to
replace them all.