West Virginia

New Class Composition, New Struggles

After years of falling wages and worsening working conditions are we now seeing a new shape to the working class?

Education Strikes from West Virginia and Kenya to the UK

On Sunday March 25 the CWO held a meeting in Newcastle focussing on the recent educational strikes across the world. It was attended by students, academics and other university workers (some in the CWO, some not) who had participated in the recent pickets of Newcastle, York and Durham universities. A CWO comrade gave the following introduction.

No Promises: Insurgent Teachers Strike in West Virginia

An analysis of the teachers’ strike in West Virginia from Whither Appalachia?, a new project based in the area.

2 Strikes, 1 Struggle: The Significance of the Communications Workers Strike in West Virginia

At 12:01am today, Sunday March 4, 1400 workers across the state of West Virginia and in Ashburn, Virginia have struck Frontier Communications, the regional phone and internet company.

Wildcat Roars in West Virginia: Teachers to Stay Out on Strike

Thousands of teachers, bus drivers, and other school employees across West Virginia defied union and government orders for a “cooling off” period and returned to the state capitol on Wednesday 28th Feb as strikes and protests continued. Moreover, it appears that many school sites will remain on strike on Thursday 1st March, as the strike grows more and more into the hands of the workers themselves. This post first appeared on It's Going Down.

West Virginia: Teachers Rebel as Union Attempts to End Strike

The following press release comes from the West Virginia IWW, and addresses the attempt by union ‘leadership’ and the Democratic Party to get teachers across the state to end the current strike and return to work and accept a small raise over the next year. For background information on the strike check out this podcast from It's Going Down.

West Virginia: Extend the Strike, Build Long Term Power

What follows is a proposal for how to extend the strike unfolding in West Virginia. To hear an interview with a striking teacher, go here. This post first appeared on It's Going Down.

The Monongah mining disaster, 1907 - Steven Johns

Picture of rescuers outside mine number 6

A short account of the worst mining disaster in US history, which killed over 360 mostly Italian migrant workers and which was the inspiration for Father's Day events.

Battle of Blair mountain, 1921, photo gallery

Photographs of the battle of Blair mountain, the largest armed rebellion in the US since the civil war. For five days in late August and early September, 1921 in Logan County, West Virginia, 10,000 striking coal miners battled with armed strikebreakers and federal troops following the killing of miners and their supporters in Welch and Sharples. Faced with the overwhelming firepower of US troops and even the air force, the miners eventually surrendered or returned to their homes.

West Virginia's mine wars, 1920-1921

Miners give up their weapons after the battle of Blair mountain

A short historical account and background of the often violent conflict between workers and employers in West Virginia's mines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, compiled by the West Virginia State Archives.