By Sahid Fawaz
Teachers in West Virginia have demonstrated that solidarity pays. Literally.
“A strike by West Virginia teachers ended on Tuesday with a deal to raise pay for all state workers by 5 percent after more than a week of protests across the Appalachian state, the governor and educators’ union said.
More than 277,000 students were out of the classroom for nine instructional days as teachers pressed for higher salaries in West Virginia, where their pay is near the bottom of the scale for U.S. teachers.
‘I stood rock solid on the 5 percent Teacher pay raise and delivered,’ Republican Governor Jim Justice said on Twitter. He said additional spending cuts made by himself and his staff would give all state employees a 5 percent raise.”
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