Over 600 teachers began a strike in a Philadelphia school district yesterday, against being forced to work without a contract. Teachers in the Neshaminy school district of Philadelphia, USA, have had no contract for nearly four years, and no pay-rise since 2008. Despite concessions offered by the unions over years of contract talks, the school board has been unwilling to negotiate. To make things worse, the board has decided that during the strike it will suspend all contract talks and is also considering suspending teachers’ health care benefits for the duration of the stoppage, going against teachers’ former contract which guarantees them free health care. But teachers will not give up - the strikes will continue. Neshaminy Teachers Federation President Louise Boyd said, “Teachers deserve better from this Board. Our community deserves better. Most of all, our students deserve better”