Thousands of public school teachers across West Virginia have been on strike for more than a week in protest over their pay and benefits. And despite striking a deal with Governor Jim Justice last Wednesday that would put 277,000 students affected back in school, teachers still won't return to work on Monday as the state's Senate has rejected the agreement. The strike began on Thursday, February 22, the day after Governor Justice, a Republican, signed legislation providing teachers, school service personnel, and state police with a 2% salary increase starting in July and scheduling a 1% pay hike for teachers in 2020 and 2021. Teachers' unions said the raises wouldn't cover cost-of-living increases or address concerns related to public employee insurance programs, health care costs, and payroll tax deduction options. Thousands of teachers, parents, and supporters descended on West Virginia's Capitol in Charleston in protest.
Meanwhile, Republicans conspire to break teachers unions and force them into poverty so that they and their cohorts can have more than they ever need.
Unfortunately, a wildcat strike simply isn't left wing enough to draw the attention of the über liberals who post here.
This is no problem.
Just send in the National Guard as teachers.
They're all range qualified.
That makes them better teachers anyway, according to contemporary GOP values.
One would be hard pressed to find a group of people more dedicated to improving the condition of the average person anywhere in the world than those who take up the profession of teaching. Naturally then, the 1% have targeted teachers because they want more than they can possibly ever consume in a lifetime. Not all one percenters exhibit the same vile behavior as someone like Betsy DeVos, the worst educational leader this country has ever seen. Gates and other foundations actively seek to improve human education.
These teachers enjoy and deserve public support.
"Not all one percenters exhibit the same vile behavior as someone like Betsy DeVos, the worst educational leader this country has ever seen."
Absolutely true, perhaps the worst human being to ever serve in an administration. They are warming up a place in hell for her as we post.
Underpaid teachers are packing brown bags to keep the kids who rely on free lunches from starving while they are out of school.
You speak like this is a societal problem, but it's a parent problem. Why dont we hold parents accountable.
TEACHER UNREST SPREADS TO OKLAHOMA, WHERE EDUCATORS ARE "DESPERATE FOR A SOLUTION" - theintercept.com
West Virginia leaders reach deal to end teachers strike - abcnews.go.com
This is how it gets done.
Wages, gun control, single-payer, Pharm prices, opioids. You want change? It's gonna cost some time a few paychecks.
It can be done. We need liberal policies. Not progressive promises.
Why dont we hold parents accountable.
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I know, right?
The parents voted for the guy who promised them they would all be mining barons by now.
I can't believe they fell for it.
We won't pay them properly but will arm them and expect them to face down mass shooters.
God Bless America.
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