Pittsburgh teachers will strike Friday without a contract agreement - meaning kids could be out of school for the first time in 4 decades

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The strike will be the first one in 4 decades.

  • Pittsburgh public school teachers delivered a note to the district Monday threatening a strike.
  • If an agreement between teachers and district administrators isn't reached before March 2, students won't have classes.
  • It will be the first strike in the district in more than four decades.

Teachers in Pittsburgh Public Schools are planning to strike on Friday March 2 unless a contract agreement is reached, CBS Pittsburgh reported.

The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, the union that represents public school educators, delivered a note to Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet Monday providing a 96-hour notice so that parents can prepare for the strike, according to CBS. The note read:
"We provided the district with a 96-hour notice in order to provide extra time for our students' parents to secure childcare for their children, our students, and to provide the parties' with sufficient time to reach tentative agreement on new contracts for the three bargaining units prior to the commencement of the strike. We are hopeful that that extra time will allow the Federation and the District to work together to reach a fair agreement that both recognizes the professionalism and hard work of our members and serves the needs of our students and school system."

The strike would mean that more than 3,000 district employees would skip work until the district reaches an agreement.

If teachers and district administrators don't come to a deal before Friday, it will be the first strike in more than four decades.