Should a judge be allowed to prevent schoolteachers from striking? Rep. Evan Olsen, R-Young Ward, thinks so.
Olsen has filed HB148, which empowers the courts to issue temporary restraining orders against a strike, the withholding of services, refusal to perform work or similar job actions.That law would not only apply to teachers and classified public school employees, but also law enforcement officers, corrections officers, county career-service employees and certain state employees.
"It is our opinion that judges at this point can already issue injunctions against particular job actions," said Lily Eskelsen, president of the Utah Education Association. "This bill is probably a waste of the Legislature's time."