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Teacher Strike!Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order$
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Jon Shelton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040870

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.001.0001

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The Pittsburgh Teacher Strike of 1975–76 and the Crisis of the Labor-Liberal Coalition

The Pittsburgh Teacher Strike of 1975–76 and the Crisis of the Labor-Liberal Coalition

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(p.143) Chapter 5 The Pittsburgh Teacher Strike of 1975–76 and the Crisis of the Labor-Liberal Coalition
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Teacher Strike!
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Jon Shelton

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.003.0006

This chapter documents the nation’s longest and most contentious teacher strike in the immediate wake of the New York City fiscal crisis of 1975, after which New York and many other cities were forced on the path of municipal austerity. In December, 1975 the Pittsburgh school board worried about the high cost of teacher salary increases, even though the city was in a very strong financial position. The Pittsburgh teacher union went on strike and the local court issued an injunction. In the Steel City, a contentious public discussion erupted over the teachers’ illegal strike and the connection between teacher salaries and taxes. Indeed, a robust version of taxpayer resistance to teachers had emerged by the end of the strike.

Keywords:   Pittsburgh, teacher union, teacher strike, fiscal crisis, taxpayer resistance, austerity

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