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West Virginia Teachers and the Working-Class Revolt

Amy Traub
The American Prospect

Faced with jobs that don’t pay enough to make ends meet, health-care costs that break the budget, and public services exposed to countless rounds of cutbacks despite a growing economy, working people will push back. And, like the teachers across the state of West Virginia who walked out on strike for nine days and won meaningful raises and a freeze in health costs for all the state’s public employees, working people who push back sometimes win. [...]

In an atmosphere of relentless cutbacks to public services, with our freedom to join together in unions under attack at the Supreme Court and beyond, we need the example set by West Virginia teachers—and their victory—more than ever.