Teachers started picketing about 11:15 a.m. on Thursday. Several teachers could be seen walking around the campus holding signs that read “We Teach, We Care, Be Fair” and “Fair Contract Now.”
This marks the fifth teachers strike in South Butler in the past 40 years. It’s unclear at this point how long the strike will last. Union rep Brooke Witt said the Pennsylvania Department of Education was notified of the strike Thursday morning.
If a second strike threatens the school’s ability to complete 180 days of school by June 30, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education can intervene by asking a court to prohibit the strike.
According to state law, teachers must return to school after they strike if students won’t be able to get 180 days of school in without the district extending the school calendar beyond June 15th
The teachers have been working under terms of an expired contract for nearly four years.