Lawmakers Debate Teacher Strike Penalties 4-20-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Lawmakers Debate Teacher Strike Penalties 4-20-2011

Teachers would face tougher penalties for taking part in illegal strikes under legislation considered in the Republican-led Michigan House.
A proposal debated Wednesday in the House Education Committee calls for fines and suspension of licenses for teachers for at least two years if they participate in an illegal strike. Meaning, a teacher who was on strike would potentially lose their teaching certificate for two years.
Republicans say it would put teeth in Michigan law that already makes teacher strikes illegal. Democrats say the measures are punitive and unfairly single out teachers.
The House hearing comes as the Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, seeks approval from its members to "initiate crisis activities" up to and including a strike.
Republican lawmakers consider it a strike threat.
Union leaders are upset about proposals they say undermine collective bargaining rights and proposed education funding cuts.
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