West Virginia Teachers Strike

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Mar 7 2018 03:55

Earlier in the day, WV friend:

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"I'm hearing about this pay raise deal, and it sounds like they're going to try to fund it by cutting Medicaid"

Same WV Friend:

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"Fucken A. 5% for all (thanks to the rank and file demand of school district employees). This opens a whole new form of struggle going forward"
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Mar 7 2018 13:44

Minnesota next? http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/02/08/strike-st-paul-teachers-union/

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Mar 7 2018 20:12

Thats an old article (Feb 2018) - The St. Paul teachers union settled with the district after winning some modest but important gains (more staffing for special education).

But teachers in Minneapolis (St. Paul's "Twin city") are in the middle of a contract campaign - that could lead to a strike. Twin Cities Wobblies have a decent presence in the district through the Social Justice Education Movement https://tcsjem.org/.

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Mar 7 2018 22:15
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I think there's something to the fact that WV and OK are taking the lead here. Neither have any official status for the unions. There are no collective bargaining agreements, there is no mandatory membership or agency fees. Teachers aren't divided up by district bargaining over micro-issues in each contract, they clearly have one fight and one employer. They'
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I'd generally agree with this

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Mar 7 2018 22:38
Kdog wrote:
Thats an old article (Feb 2018) - The St. Paul teachers union settled with the district after winning some modest but important gains (more staffing for special education).

Ooops, apologies, and thanks for the clarification - best wishes to the Minneapolis folks!

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Mar 8 2018 20:06

Although from the bosses press, it does raise some interesting points.


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Could Wildcat Teachers’ Strikes Spread to Other States?
Oklahoma and Kentucky may follow West Virginia as educators across the country take advantage of a strong economy to agitate for more pay.


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-06/could-west-virginia-s-wildcat-teachers-strike-spread

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Mar 8 2018 20:45

I've not read this yet.....

Reportback From The WVA Teachers Strike
New River Workers Power

https://nrworkerspower.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/reportback-from-the-wva-teachers-strike/

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Mar 9 2018 13:45

I kinda of suspected, that the teacher/service workers negotiating committee that met with the legislature and governor was made up of exclusively officials, no rank and filers. So it seems there was an announcement of outline of terms that would be memorialized in legislation.

While there was a mass rally at the Capital,there were no local mass meetings of strikers where voting to end or suspend the strike took place.

From what I can make heads and tails of, the victory was the rank and file resolve. This resolve pushed the state and bureaucrats to a wage settlement that included parity.

Still open for all state workers is the funding of the public employees insurance plan. In an effort to keep the fight going on this issue, UE Local 170 WV Public Workers Union initiated Public Employees Rally, Saturday, March 10, State Capital

West Virginia teachers cheer pay hike deal to end walkout
http://www.bdtonline.com/news/west-virginia-legislators-eye-measures-to-end-teacher-strike/article_ce18bd77-68ce-572a-8224-e3a2f431a127.html