ACLU of Mississippi Legal Director Joshua Tom is quoted in the Mississippi Free Press in a story about Mississippi State Auditor Shad White's action against University of Mississippi professor James Thomas.
The central question in this case, poised for litigation, seems to be whether or not Thomas was participating in a “strike” as the language of Mississippi law defines it. ACLU Mississippi Legal Director Joshua Tom told the Mississippi Free Press today that he did not interpret the statute in the same way. The Mississippi Legislature passed the statute that the state auditor cited in his letter following wildcat strikes by Mississippi public-school teachers in 1985.
“It’s not clear to me that this statute applies to Professor Thomas,” Tom emphasized.
The ACLU of Mississippi legal director noted that the law prohibits teachers in public-school districts from striking “for the purpose of inducing, influencing or coercing a change in the conditions, compensation, rights, privileges or obligations of public employment.”