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“Work to Rule” = Strike

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (“PFT”) is considering a “work to rule” action. PFT’s president Jerry Jordan is soft-peddling work to rule as “a refusal to do ‘extras,'” but that’s not accurate. When Jordan authorized work to rule in 2015, it meant “no helping in the morning when students arrive or in the afternoon when they leave. No tutoring during their half-hour lunch. No buying paper and supplies. No afterschool clubs.” Teachers who don’t wish to follow Jerry Jordan’s lead are safer resigning their union membership than risking “union discipline.”

David R. Osborne

David R. Osborne is Special Counsel of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector workers offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment, David was President & General Counsel of the Fairness Center, a nonprofit, public interest law firm providing free legal representation to those hurt by public-sector union officials.