Scranton Strike Events for Tuesday

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Media advisory for Nov. 9, 2021                                                           

Rosemary Boland

Janet Bass


SCRANTON, Pa.—Scranton educators continue their strike Tuesday, with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joining strikers on the picket lines.

Scranton Federation of Teachers President Rosemary Boland said she has once again asked the Scranton School District for a bargaining session on Tuesday.

“We call on the district to meet us at the bargaining table on Tuesday. We had asked for sessions over the weekend, but the district never replied. We need to negotiate and get to a contract that is good for kids and fair to educators,” Boland said, noting that the AFT’s Weingarten will be available to participate in bargaining on Tuesday.

At a candlelight vigil on Monday evening, hundreds of strikers heard from Boland, AFT Pennsylvania President Arthur Steinberg and Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym.

“There’s plenty of money for everyone except teachers and paraprofessionals,” Boland said. 

“Scranton has become the poster child for chronic underfunding of public education,” Steinberg said.

“You’re fighting for a better education for every child in Pennsylvania,” Gym told the strikers.


WHAT:                Lt. Gov. Fetterman and AFT President Weingarten join picket line

WHEN:               10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9

WHERE:             Scranton School District Administration Building
                           425 N. Washington Ave.


On Wednesday, hundreds of strikers plan to take buses to Harrisburg to rally on the steps of the state Capitol. More details coming on Tuesday.


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