Thursday Arizona teachers voted to strike for more school funding.
78% percent of Arizona teachers voted to reject Governor Ducey’s offer of a 20% raise by 2020, pointing out that the offer of a raise without more funding for public education will hurt schools and students.
Arizona is a right-to-work state. Strikes are illegal. By state law teachers who strike can lose their certification to teach.
As in the other states hit by the red state teacher revolt, the movement has been driven by a grassroots organization, Arizona Educators United that did not exist a few weeks ago.
The NEA affiliated union is working with Arizona Educators United, but has warned it’s members of the dangers.
The Arizona Education Association has warned its 20,000 members about a 1971 Arizona attorney general opinion saying a statewide strike would be illegal under common law and participants could lose their teaching credentials.”
It appears that the threats have not scared anyone from taking this first-ever state-wide vote to strike.