When the teachers of West Virginia prepare for class each day, they’re ready for anything: students with families in crisis, parents battling hunger and job loss, and punishing budget cuts. But when they walked off the job to go on strike in late February, they were prepared for the most high-stakes test of their careers: fighting state lawmakers for a fair contract. And ultimately, it was hope that sustained them through the strike and in the end, nothing could prepare them for the collective thrill of a political victory. We talk to three educators who were on the front lines about their strategy, and how labor can keep winning in schools and statehouses across the country.
We also look at the school safety debate from the eyes of teachers, university student and worker strikes from Illinois to England, and the International Women’s Day Strike. With recommended reading on financial disaster facing Puerto Rico and student debtors.
Belabored will be at Labor Notes 2018! Come see our live recording and stop by our booth. More information on the Labor Notes site.
Lecturers on Strike (Jacobin)
Chicago supporters march as U. of I. teaching assistants’ strike lingers (Chicago Sun-Times)
Michelle: These Teachers Refuse to Be Weaponized (In These Times)
A Call to Action: International Women’s Strike NYC (Left Voice)
Conversation, with teachers Emily Comer, Jay O’Neal, and Leah Clay Stone
Sarah: West Virginia Teachers Walk Out (Dissent)
Sarah: The Rising Ghosts of Labor in the West Virginia Teacher Strike (New York Times)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Sarah: Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Stacy Cowley, and Natalie Kitroeff, When unpaid student loan bills mean you can no longer work (New York Times)
Michelle: Larisa Yarovaya and Brian Lucey, Bitcoin rich kids in Puerto Rico: crypto utopia or crypto-colonialism? (The Conversation)