Penalties for Illegal Teacher Strikes

Paul Kersey, director of labor policy, testified before the Michigan House Education Committee April 20 on legislation involving penalties for illegal teacher strikes, according to the Gongwer Michigan Report.

The committee was considering House Bills 4465 and 4466. Kersey, who has written about this subject here, said in his testimony that teachers unions that conduct illegal strikes should lose their ability to bargain collectively in their particular school district for at least three years.

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“Collective bargaining (for government employees) is a privilege, not a right,” Kersey told the committee. “An illegal strike is the ultimate abuse of that privilege.”