John Thompson writes here about the latest from Oklahoma. Some teachers wanted a statewide strike, like West Virginia. The most militant wanted a strike beginning April 2, coinciding with testing season.

However the Oklahoma Education Association moved back the date to give the legislature more time to act.

Thompson writes:

“Heather Reed, a teacher at OKC’s Lee Elementary School, organized the Moore meeting of three-dozen teachers. She said April 2 would be a good strike date because such timing “might hurt the most.”

“But Tuesday, the Oklahoma Education Association announced an April 23 deadline with other details of their plan, as reported by Felder of The Oklahoman:

“(Executive director David) DuVall said the OEA is going to ask the Legislature to approve at least a $10,000 pay raise that could be funded over three years. The OEA also plans to ask for increased funding for school operations.

“We plan to present a revenue plan (on Thursday) to fund it,” DuVall said.

Thompson writes:

“I agree with an April deadline. The suspension of school as the bubble-in testing season begins would be win-win. If we’re going to improve our schools, sooner or later teachers will have to shut them down. The best time is when most students would not be learning anything worthwhile.”

The OEA seems determined to cool down the hotheads and risk losing momentum.

If the Janus decision goes against unions, as most people predict, the employers will miss them because there will be no intermediary to stop the wildcat strikes. Or turn a strike into a walkout.