This is from AFT WV President Christine Campbell who is quoted in the Washington Post:
“They’re having an open dialogue with these people,” Campbell said. “I just believe that it’s time. We’ve seen some complacency over the years, because they didn’t feel like the people are listening to their voice. Now that they have stood up . . . I’m so thrilled that they are actually talking with their representatives and their representatives are talking with their constituents and hearing their concerns.”
Does that sound familiar NYC teachers? Nobody is listening to us either and complacency defines many teachers in NYC. Yes our salaries are better than West Virginia but our working conditions are worsening each day in NYC in so many schools.
It looks like the question in WV is if they can hold out longer than the government. Their 1990 strike later eleven days. In NYC, it is about whether we will stand up for ourselves. We certainly cannot expect our union leaders to stand up for us.