Louisiana teachers unions polling members on possible strike

April 25, 2018 - 9:04 am


A teachers strike in Kentucky that led to increased funding for schools and higher pay is inspiring educator walkouts and work stoppages across the south. Louisiana Federation of Teachers is now polling its members to see what actions they would favor to address quality of life for teachers and students. LFT spokeman Les Landon says it’s not just about winning a bigger paycheck.

“Around the country teachers are worried about their salaries not keeping up, but also that schools are not being supported in the way that they need to be.”

Landon says six year ago, Louisiana teachers we’re paid about the same as other southern educators, but in 2018, that’s no longer the case.

“The southern regional average is 50,955 dollars so we have fallen two thousand dollars below the regional average.”

“We are asking people what are they willing to do and the options range from making petitions to the local school boards and state all the way up to a statewide strike.”

Landon says they’ve already polled around 3,000 members, and will release a report in mid to late may with the results.

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