Saturday, March 10, 2018

3/15 Meeting: Lessons of the West Virginia Teachers' Strike

ISO-Boston presents
Lessons of the West Virginia Teachers' Strike
Thursday, March 5
7:00 - 9:00 pm

After a nine-day wildcat strike of over 20,000 people, West Virginia teachers won a huge victory: a 5% increase in wages not only for themselves, but for all state employees. In the process of forcing the legislature to meet their core demands, they built wide popular support and galvanized teachers, nurses, and other workers around the country to consider and plan strikes of their own. The strike has been one of the most major victories of the U.S. labor movement in recent history, as well as of the Trump era.

What the West Virginia strike demonstrates is the immense power of working-class people in making huge gains toward the just, equitable world we want and need. As the Supreme Court nears a ruling on the Janus v. AFSCME case, West Virginia has proven what's possible for labor if we put up a fight. Join the Boston ISO to discuss the lessons of this victory and what it means for our side.

This event will feature the following speakers (more to come as confirmed):

--Khury Petersen-Smith: ISO member bringing an eyewitness account of the strike

--Max McCullough: DSA member and socialist educator

Check out the following articles for more information and background on the strike:

"The teachers united couldn't be defeated" by Khury Petersen-Smith & Dana Blanchard
"Will Jersey City teachers be the next to strike?" by Karl Schwartz
"A working-class revolt in 'Trump country'" by the SW Editorial Board
"Inside the West Virginia teachers' rebellion" by Tyler Barton and Lori Boegershausen
"How teachers resisted a disappointing deal" by Michael Mochaidean