July 21, 2024

House Republicans Want to Make It Illegal for Teachers to Strike

Three GOP lawmakers will push to outlaw a tactic often employed by GOP lawmakers.

By Nigel Jaquiss
November 15, 2023 at 6:08 pm PST
Three Oregon House Republicans said today they will introduce legislation in the 2024 session that would make it illegal for public schoolteachers to strike.

“Oregon students are all too familiar with school closures and learning losses. In Portland, union bosses are using nearly 44,000 students as bargaining chips in their negotiations, causing irreparable harm to Portland families,” said Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville). “Portland Public Schools are the gold standard for how not to run a school district despite record investments from the state. It is time they be held accountable.”

As the Portland strike, now in its ninth instructional day, stretches on, many Portland parents might be tempted to agree with the concept Breese-Iverson and Reps. Jami Cate (R-Lebanon) and Christine Goodwin (R-Canyonville) are proposing to introduce in the session that begins Feb. 5.