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What we can learn from the West Virginia teachers' strike

February 28, 2021

The WV teachers' strike began February 23, 2018, and lasted until March 7, 2018. It involved about 20,000 teachers and other education workers, and resulted in a shutdown of schools in all 55 state counties. The media focused on the issues of low pay and high costs, but there were other key demands: rejecting the expansion of charter schools, refusing to accept elimination of seniority, and scuttling a bill aimed at taking away unions’ right to automatic payroll deduction and collection of dues.

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