Strike vs. walkout: Tucson attorney weighs in

(Source: KOLD News 13)
(Source: KOLD News 13)
Updated: May. 1, 2018 at 12:04 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As the teacher walkout enters its fourth day on Tuesday, May 1, many parents want to know if a walkout is the same as a strike.

Tucson attorney Ivelisse Bonilla said while the terms are similar there is a key difference.

A strike, she says, is when employees protest against direct management for better work conditions. In these cases, unions typically get involved.

But a walkout, specifically in this case, differs because employees are going against the government.

The Tucson Unified School District has also stressed that this walkout is not a strike.

During a podcast episode last week, TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said thousands of employees were participating in the activities to express their concern about the level of support being received from local and state government.

Meanwhile, many have wondered if teachers could face legal consequences for their participation in the walkout.

Bonilla said if the government were to do that, it would be retaliation. She said that's when things can get messy.

"I think we should not retaliate against individuals that are fighting for their rights and doing it peacefully and in this case, they even asked for permission," she said.

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