Governments can make strikes illegal, but they can’t stop them when workers are fed up and organized to build and maintain solidarity.  West Virginia teachers in alliance with other school employees provide an example of how this can work.

After four days of striking and packing the state legislature, teachers won a victory on salary. The governor announced a that he was offering a 5% salary increase, subject to the approval of the state legislature.  Teachers were among the worst paid in the U.S. and were being hit with increases in their health care premium.

In These Times published an analysis of the work that went into building the movement in West Virginia and the lessons it offers for all public sector unions facing anti-worker governments.

As of this posting the strike is continuing because the health care issue has not been resolved.

Larry Kuehn