West Virginia Academics Get Their Increase however Republicans Vow to Have Their Revenge

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The history-making statewide lecturers’ strike in West Virginia appears to be coming to an finish. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled state legislature agreed on a deal to offer all state staff, together with lecturers, a 5% elevate. The invoice has handed each chambers of the legislature and Governor Jim Justice is anticipated to signal it later within the day.

Whereas union leaders haven’t but introduced an official finish to the strike (“We want it signed, sealed and delivered,” one trainer instructed the Related Press), a number of counties have introduced that faculty will probably be open on Wednesday. Academics gathered on the state Capitol chanted “back to school” after the invoice was introduced:

Earlier than the strike, the invoice that the governor and legislature provided lecturers would have raised trainer’s pay by 2%, with a 1% elevate scheduled in 2020 and 2021. The 5% elevate that lecturers received is 2.5 occasions larger than what they might have gotten. That is the facility of organized labor.

Academics didn’t get every little thing they needed. Most significantly, the deal doesn’t embody a repair to the underfunded Public Worker Insurance coverage Company, the state worker medical insurance program, though the governor agreed to arrange a activity power to look into the problem. And, worst of all, Republican state lawmakers are already threatening cuts of $20 million to Medicaid and different components of the state funds to pay for the rise. (As an alternative of fucking over poor folks, they might look as an alternative at elevating taxes on coal and gasoline industries.)

However there isn’t a query that previously two weeks, West Virginia lecturers gave us a really clear demonstration of what organized labor is able to. Whereas their strike may quickly be over, their motion just isn’t.

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