W. Va. workers discuss crisis, importance of teachers strike

Socialist Workers Party campaigns in coal country
Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
Above, picket line in Hurricane, West Virginia, during Feb. 19-20 strike by school workers. Inset, Socialist Workers Party member Samir Hazboun, left, talks with former miner Eddie McLaughlin in Kermit. SWP campaigners went door to door talking to workers about conditions they face and need for solidarity with strikers.

On Feb. 20 Amy Husk, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Kentucky governor, and campaign supporter Samir Hazboun went to West Virginia’s coal country to talk to working people at their doorsteps about conditions they face, and about the school workers…


School workers strike beats back gov’t attack

W.Va. strike wins solidarity of coal miners, others
Vol. 83/No. 9 - March 4, 2019
Picket line Feb. 19 outside Capital High School, Charleston, W. Va. All schools were shut down.

More than 30,000 teachers, bus drivers, janitors, cooks and other school workers shut down all the schools across West Virginia Feb. 19 and 20 to protest an education “reform” bill. The measure, submitted by State Senate President Mitch Carmichael, included…


Virginia teachers march over low wages, school conditions

Vol. 83/No. 6 - February 11, 2019
Jan. 28 protest by thousands of Virginia teachers, other school workers and their supporters. Since 2008 state has cut thousands of teaching and school positions while enrollment soared.

RICHMOND, Va. — Thousands of red-jacketed teachers, other school workers and their supporters rallied at the state Capitol here Jan. 28 protesting both the long-standing decline of the schools and state government budget cuts that slashed school funding, building maintenance…


Los Angeles teachers won with broad strike support

Fight inspires teachers in Denver, Virginia, Oakland
Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019
Teachers picket Dorsey High School in Los Angeles Jan. 17 before strike settled. Capitalist rulers there underestimated widespread support teachers strike got from working people.

LOS ANGELES — A spirited and popular six-day strike by more than 30,000 teachers here ended Jan. 22 after a majority voted to approve a new contract. Teachers won widespread support from students, parents and other workers as they demonstrated…


‘Don’t make us go West Virginia on you!’

Vol. 83/No. 5 - February 4, 2019

In the light of the strike by teachers in Los Angeles and upcoming battles by teachers in other cities and states, we print below an excerpt from In Defense of the US Working Class by Mary-Alice Waters. Copyright © 2019 Pathfinder…


Virginia teachers to rally Jan. 28 for public education funding

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

Virginia teachers are standing up and saying “Enough is enough!” to the decadeslong assault on public education by the state government. Virginia Educators United is building a statewide march and rally at the capitol in Richmond Jan. 28, to demand…


SWP Statement: Support Los Angeles teachers strike!

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

The following statement was issued Jan. 16 by Socialist Workers Party candidates Dennis Richter for City Council District 12 and Laura Garza for School Board in Los Angeles. The strike by 31,000 teachers in Los Angeles is a battle being…


Thousands of Bay Area teachers rally for school funds

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of union teachers, parents and students from the Bay Area and beyond rallied here Jan. 12 demanding more money for education, pay increases for teachers and smaller class sizes. Many of the teachers were members of…


Thousands turn out to support striking Los Angeles teachers

Vol. 83/No. 4 - January 28, 2019
More than 30,000 members of teachers union and supporters march in Los Angeles Jan. 14, as strike begins demanding smaller classes, full-time nurses and librarians, and pay increase.

LOS ANGELES — More than 30,000 teachers, students, parents and other supporters joined a spirited march in driving rain here Jan. 14, the first day of a strike by 31,000 teachers. Thousands walked picket lines in front of schools where…