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Support Striking West Virginia Teachers

March 6, 2018

By TWU 100 President Tony Utano

The state-wide WVA teachers’ strike is now in its second week.

New York, NY – Under WVA law, the union has no mandatory dues and no formal right to collectively bargain, but the teachers’ are demonstrating state-wide solidarity.

This is the most important public employee strike in America right now, and it’s about health care benefits. The West Virginia State Legislature has failed to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), so teachers in West Virginia have seen their premiums and deductibles skyrocket.

And West Virginia doesn’t recognize the right of public employees to bargain collectively. When they walked out, these workers opened themselves up to great risk for themselves and their families.

As fellow public employees, their fight is our fight.

 

March 6, 2018

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