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ERIC Number: ED187007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Implications of Granting New Jersey Teachers the Right to Strike: A Public Policy Statement.
Lisella, Carmine; Schwartz, Patricia
Strikes are generally accepted as legitimate prerogatives of employees bargaining with employers in the private sector. Two broad questions must be answered when considering whether the right to strike should be granted public employees, including teachers. First, what are the distinctions between the public and private sectors that can reasonably support denying the right to strike to some employees? The evidence suggests that distinctions have been exaggerated and that only workers in truly essential services such as police and fire protection can reasonably be denied strike privileges. Second, do constitutional and statutory guarantees of civil rights outweigh the interests of the state in denying public workers the right to strike, and can there be true collective bargaining without such rights? Again, the evidence supports granting the right to strike. These issues can be argued in both legal and practical terms. The experience of Pennsylvania, the primary example of abuse of the right to strike, proves on examination to be the product of a unique situation and an originally inadequate law. An appendix includes the text of New Jersey Assembly Bill 455 of 1978 which this document was written to support. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assembly Bill 455 (New Jersey 1978); New Jersey; Pennsylvania
Note: Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document.