Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

As the West Virginia Teachers' Strike Continues, Students Feel Its Effects

As the West Virginia Teachers' Strike Continues, Students Feel Its Effects

Nevertheless, in a revival of West Virginia's long-dormant tradition of bold labor activism, teachers and some other school employees in all of the state's 55 counties are refusing to return to work until lawmakers give them a 5 percent raise, and commit to addressing their rapidly rising health insurance premiums. One administrator noted the impasse is affecting 277,000 students and 35,000 employees.

As Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reported, Senate President Mitch Carmichael said last week his chamber needed to take a hard look at the fiscal environment before agreeing to the salary demands. "Of course, we all want this to end, but we want it to end in favor of our teachers". On the Facebook event, nearly 1,000 people have said they're planning to participate. "They go the best lesson that they could ever had even though they were out of school". "I'm behind you 120 percent", said board member Timothy Birch. "I'm happy to do this".

This means that West Virginia's teachers are now participating in what's called a wildcat strike: a strike that begins or continues without the consent of official union leaders (if you're confused just think of it as the most badass version of collectivized work stoppage). Some have voiced frustration about the ongoing school disruption - and some kids say they miss their friends and teachers - but others have said they want to do what they can to support the strike in a state that ranks among the lowest in terms of teacher pay. And out of those, they passed the House 98-1 in the governor.

"I'm an educator, I believe in your goal", Justice told hundreds of roaring teachers and supporters gathered earlier at the Capitol in Charleston.

"I'm all for us having direct democracy on this issue and giving people the right to vote on it".

Approving a 4 percent raise, instead of the 5 percent hike, will save the state $17 million, Boso said. Tara Martinez, executive director of Manna Meal in Charleston, said the nonprofit soup kitchen served 19 children last week, an increase from the three or four children they serve in a typical week.

Her daughter Emily is a junior at Greenbrier East High School in Fairlea.

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Tina Workman, of Kanawha County, is a 10-year first grade teacher at Midland Trail Elementary. "I stand with them in their fight for justice and dignity".

"Education should be our centerpiece and I have worked tirelessly to get our teachers the 5 percent pay raise".

In West Virginia, teachers and union leaders said their strike would go on at least through Monday as state lawmakers reneged on a deal that would raise teacher pay by 5 percent. Organizers said they do not expect to raise enough money to cover lost salary or wages, but state the fund is another way people can support the state's teachers and staff. While everyone is focused on the mistakes, my focus is exclusively on getting our children back to school.

"I don't like school". "Arizona's teachers are taking note and realizing that now is the time for us to start organizing our campuses and districts".

Dale Lee made the remarks on behalf of the two teachers unions, and the one representing school service personnel, shortly before the West Virginia Senate voted on an amended bill.

"It is time to get our kids back to school, and the only group standing in the way is Senate Republicans", said Manchin "Everyone else agrees on the deal to reopen our schools - a bipartisan coalition of educators, parents, Democrat and Republican House Legislators, and the Governor".

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