by Al Bloomfield
Saturday April 14, 2018
FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY – Kentucky teachers are on strike! The Kentucky Education Association called for a “Day of Action” for Friday at the Kentucky state Capitol of Frankfort in which thousands of teachers protested for better pay and to save their pensions from a Republican-controlled legislature led by Republican Governor Matt Bevin. Dozens of Kentucky public school districts canceled Friday classes so that as many teachers and staff as possible could attend the teachers’ rally in Frankfort.
The teachers are against a pension reform bill that Governor Bevin signed into law. Under the new law, newly hired teachers would have to enter a hybrid cash balance plan rather than a traditional pension plan, and there would be limitations on new sick days put towards retirement. The governor’s vetoes on the state budget bill and revenue bill – both critical to public education funding – are also opposed by the teachers. But Friday night, the Kentucky Senate voted to override Governor Bevin’s vetoes. Inspired by the successful teachers’ strike in West Virginia, teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma have gone on strike for better wages, better conditions and to save their pensions.
Sources of information for this report included MSNBC and CNN.
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