PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Director of Internal Organizing for the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Butch Santicola, joined KDKA Radio’s Robert Mangino to discuss a potential ban of teacher strikes.
State Representatives Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, and Todd Rock, R-Franklin, announced a legislation making it illegal for public school teachers to go on strike while negotiating benefits and wages.
“The fact of the matter is that 95 percent of the locals and districts that bargain end up without a teachers strike. They’ve been declining every, every year. We don’t like strikes any more than anybody else, it shows there’s a failure, a communication, something’s wrong. But it happens, it’s a natural progression between employers and employees,” said Santicola.
“To do what these gentlemen want to do, they put all the blame on the teachers. They put every single blame about bargaining going bad on the teachers. We’ll take our fair share, but let’s put it where it is, sometimes the board is responsible for these strikes also. Sometimes the board has a finger in and these gentlemen have no idea of the real problems in bargaining,” he added.
Listen in to hear more on what Santicola thinks will happen and how it will effect teachers on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.