The Example of West Virginia Teachers Should Inspire Us All

The recent state-wide strike by the school teachers of West Virginia, and their victory on the behalf of ALL West Virginia state workers, should inspire teachers and other workers all over the country, as Jan Resseger writes so eloquently here.

I read one article elsewhere, written by a right-wing journalist of some sort, criticizing teachers as whining, overpaid crybabies. That person did not, however, criticize any of the billionaires or millionaires for extracting maximum profits for the shoddy profits or apps they sell, nor the unlivably low wages they pay to retail, service, or manufacturing workers all over the country. How on earth can you pay rent and utilities and transportation and health care and everything else even for a single person, working full time at the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour or even double that? You can’t, is the short answer.

While a handful of billionaires own more than half the population combined, it is beyond time for the rest of us to organize and demand a better life. This can only be done in large numbers, with workers (and consumers) sticking together. All by yourself, you can’t do much. However, if you can persuade others to stick together, on a massive scale, and not to allow ourselves to be divided by race, gender, national origin, religion, or anything else, then the sky’s the limit! Divided we fall, united we stand!

 

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  1. YES!!! I hope this inspires union workers all over the country, especially the maligned and embattled teachers unions! The greedy-gluts are still trying to hack away at minimal union protections, and we can’t back down.

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  2. I’m all for a national strike of every single person belonging to a union. The 1% wouldn’t know what to do without the 99% doing all the work. Imagine no teachers, no police officers or firefighters, no RN’s, no product delivery services. This country would shut down and the politicians and 1% would have to take notice. All it would take would be a few days before DC would start making some changes. I can only dream!

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