Shenandoah Valley Teachers on Strike

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SHENANDOAH - Most teachers around the state are preparing their students for finals, but 87 school employees from the Shenandoah Valley School District are walking the picket line.

The teachers have been working without a contract for three years and union members said now is the right time to strike.

"Why now? Things have come to a halt and this is our next step," Richard Werner, the president of the Shenandoah Valley Education Association.

However, teachers plan to be back in the classroom on Thursday.

"Two days is what it is. It's just two days and shows our willingness to go the extra distance," Werner said.

Elieen Pfaff ended up watching her grandkids because of the strike. She said if teachers are only going to picket for two days, what's the point?

"Why do it? Why wait now for the end of the year? It's ridiculous."

The union said the strike is short because teachers want to make sure school ends on time for the students.

During the strike, only seniors attend classes. School administrators said they are teaching the seniors during the strike, while all the other grades stay home.

So far, there is no plan for both sides to go to the bargaining table.

"We've been in contact with them, they've been in contact with us. We can't agree if we will or when to meet," said Werner.

Teachers said the strike won't affect any after-school activities, but it will change whatever was supposed to happen during school and one little girl said that's making her pretty upset.

"I wanted to do a concert for all my friends today in school, but I got really mad and was flipping out after they said we were going on strike," said Angel Kilkenny, a fourth grade student at Shenandoah Valley.

Newswatch 16 tried to reach out to school officials, but most of them were teaching seniors on Thursday.

All Shenandoah valley students are expected to be back in school on Thursday and school officials say graduation is still set for June 1.


  • Ry

    Fire them all, never enough money for 9mo of work. I bet in 2 days they could have all those positions filled with teachers who want to teach.

  • Concerned

    Teachers do nothing? Right. Let’s talk about how the administrators were supposed to be “teaching” these students and supposedly only watched movies and had a fire drill.

    • Anon

      Let’s be realistic…overworked and underpaid. Teachers do A LOT outside of the classroom to benefit the students. You don’t see that in many professions.

  • No News Here

    I chuckle reading their signs. The PSSA scores for this district suggest that they DON’T teach, at least not effectively. The very fact that they are more concerned about their contract than the low test scores their student earned suggests that they don’t care either. Nice, neat signs Shenandoah Valley, but I call FAIL.

  • Gimmee More

    In the real world employees don’t get the option of dictating to their employers when they’ll return from a strike. You return when you settle or else you continue picketing.

    • Anon

      In the real world, if the teachers put in the letter saying that they will come back, then they go back to work. If they go to work and the administration says they can’t come in, that’s considered a lockout, which isn’t legal.

  • Jim

    It’s not like they are learning anything in that school district anyways. Future heroin and crack addict of America.

    • Student

      Yeah there’s definitely a heroine needle sticking out of my arm after being accepting to a private college with my shenandoah valley education. Don’t you have something better to do or are you a heroine/crack addict.

    • Dave

      Ehhh, I disagree. There are some that will become heroine pushers but must will advance their education then take there skills elsewhere. Thumbs down for us but good for them.

  • Dave

    Shenandoah is stuck in 1969. Funny they do not bulldoze it and make it an abandoned ghost town like centralia.

    • Dave

      You’re probably right, and school consolidation would most likely make the most sense. These communities certainly not what they one were. :-(


    Why are these teachers creating their own class seperate from the proles and intellectuals in the private sector?
    They call for all sorts of benefits for themselves, but do not do so for the taxpayer.

    When are these teachers going to have solidarity with those in the private sector?

    They should be protesting outside of fast food chains, retail chains, and industrial parks.

    • Dave

      You make a good point but of course you could say the same about many unions. Don’t forget the auto workers, postal workers, steel workers, etc……

    • No News Here

      Classic union mentality. Squeeze the teet that feeds you until it runs dry, then keep squeezing some more. When the teet starts to bleed go on strike. Unions have ruined everything they’ve ever sunk their greedy talons into.

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