From MISSISSIPPI TODAY
Thursday, 25 April 2019 from 18:30-20:00
City of Truth, Clarksdale
After the legislature approved a $1,500 raise for teachers, conversation about striking erupted. The Facebook group Pay Raise for Mississippi on March 30 posted, “We have nearly 40,000 followers of this page. It is time we discuss what it will take to organize a teacher strike. It’s time to put up or shut up.” Audience for the page has grown exponentially, with statewide and national media calling them for comment on what the next move will be.
But can they? This discussion will delve into the history of Mississippi’s sole teacher strike in 1985 and the consequences that ensued. We will talk about the laws on the books that prevent teacher strikes specifically, and learn more about how other states with similar laws circumvented the rules.
Many teachers are saying they would strike despite the laws. We want to hear specifically from Delta-based teachers about whether they agree, disagree or even see that as an option.