Last month, teachers in West Virginia went on strike to advocate for higher wages and better insurance benefits. This month, Oklahoma teachers are now on strike for similar reasons. Over 50% of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work in the schools. Thus, during strikes or work stoppages, SLPs are also on the front lines.
It is imperative during these times to remember the amount of work that SLPs in the schools are expected to do, sometimes with little budget, resources, or space. We can help our colleagues in these situations by contacting the appropriate state legislators and voicing our support for teachers and SLPs in the school setting.
We strongly support our colleagues in Oklahoma and encourage you to visit http://www.oklegislature.gov and contact legislators to voice your support as well. If any of our colleagues from Oklahoma would like to share their experiences on our blog here, feel free to contact us!