Teachers in Texas Preparing to Strike as L.A. Teachers Authorize A Strike

AFT members protest against a union busting bill at the Texas State Legislature (Dallas Morning News)

Writing a dispatch from Texas for the Guardian, Mike Elk reports back on what potential the LA Teachers’ Strike could have as well as the brewing support for a strike in Texas:

Even in Texas, where the law allows the state to strip teachers of their pension and certification if they strike, appetite for striking appears strong.

“When I am out in the schools, people wanna know: what’s going happen? When are we gonna go out on strike too?” says Louis Malfaro, president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers.

Malfaro says it’s unlikely that the union will strike in the fall as they would prefer to strike when the state legislature reconvenes in the spring. Malfaro sees the fall election as a test of how much his union can mobilize public support for teachers. Support at the ballot box could equate to support on the picket line if teachers went out in the spring.

Already, the Republican party is going increasingly wary of what being seen as anti-teacher could mean on election day. On 15 August, Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick even urged the Republican-controlled state legislaturenot to raise healthcare premiums on retired teachers.

For more, go to the Guardian.

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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