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 Fighting for respect, healthcare and a living wage
 Olivia Morris, Stacy Davis Gates
 Dale Lehman/WZRD  
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WV teacher and strike leader, Olivia Morris, talks about the historic 9 day wildcat strike. She is in conversation with Stacy Davis Gates, political director for the Chicago Teachers Union.

Chicago Teachers Union

The wildcat strike by West Virginia teachers, among the lowest paid teachers in the nation, has ignited public support across the state and the nation, with teachers in states from Oklahoma to Kentucky looking at strategies to bring the WV model of strike resistance and rank and file democracy to their states.

In West Virginia, teachers rejected efforts by political leaders and top union officials to convince them to settle without an iron clad guarantee of improved wages, enshrined in legislation, not just for them but for all state public employees. Teachers struck for those guarantees even though West Virginia is a 'right-to work' state which bans strikes by public workers.

The wildcat strike derailed plans by state legislators to jack up health insurance premiums, jam through a charter school bill
being promoted by corporations and push other anti-labor bills like 'payroll protection'. Teachers and their supporters are demanding West Virginia legislators reverse corporate tax cuts, raise gas severance tax and hold harmless any public programs that prioritize the needs of struggling state residents in any plan to fund their raises. (program flier)

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01:36:23 English 2018-03-09
 Chicago, Il
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