Our Mission Our goal is to guarantee all public school children in Pennsylvania the legal right to a strike-free education. It is a legal right enjoyed by public school children in thirty-seven (37) other states. Advocating for strike-free education is designed to respect the intent of the Pennsylavnia State Constitution which states "The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth."
Act 195 of 1970 first gave Pennsylvania's public school employees the ability to collectively bargain and strike. Act 88 of 1992 - the current law governing school employee collective bargaining & strikes - allows teachers to strike, albeit with the provision that the length of a strike must be curtailed in order to complete 180 academic days in the school year. The current law still allows for multiple strikes in a school year, and for multi-year strikes. Taken early in the school year, a strike can last as long as a month. Due to the 180-day requirement, public school employees who strike typically earn 100% of pay for the year.
Our efforts are focused on educating Pennsylvanians to help eliminate teacher strikes.
History and Organization
StopTeacherStrikes, Inc. was established as an independent grass roots organization in 2006, and has no employees. The volunteer directors and officers do not receive any compensation for investing time outside of their regular working lives to support our mission.