“President Donald Trump plans to visit West Virginia on Saturday, when he’s expected to tout his economic accomplishments. The president has said he’s “very proud” of the state and claimed that he “turned West Virginia around.”State’s plight offers broader message about a U.S. economy where workers at bottom aren’t reaping rewards of growth
5 % pay raises and better benefits. This is the power of striking ✊🏻🇺🇸 #unionyes
“You have a story here, a modern-day story, of labor solidarity on an issue that is irrefutable,” she said. “That for teachers to stay in our profession, for bus drivers and support staff to stay and do this work, we need a livable wage, and we need the conditions in schools that we can help kids thrive.”
West Virginia lawmakers said Tuesday morning that a deal has been reached to deliver a 5% pay raise for all state employees, including striking teachers, according to the state committee meeting on the matter.
“Why don’t good people run for office?”
“When I woke up, my head was on a tree stump covered in blood,” Richard Ojeda told NBC News. “Everyone was looking at me.”
“In the days leading up to the strike, a group of West Virginia high school students formed a solidarity group, #SecureOurFuture. The group galvanized students in 12 counties to wear purple to school in a show of support for their teachers and to circulate images of the movement using the #SecureOurFuture hashtag. Last week, The Nation reposted the students’ open letter to West Virginia’s citizens. We talk with them here about their organizing so far and what’s next for the movement. Their answers came to us yesterday after the announcement of an agreement, which was expected to result in the reopening of schools today, and thus do not reflect the latest developments in this fast moving story.”
The organizers of #SecureOurFuture discuss the teachers’ strike and what they’re doing to support it.
Congratulations to the teachers of West Virginia. Behold the power of the labor strike!
The crowd frequently broke into chants, including ‘In November we will remember,’ ’55 strong,’ ‘do your job’ and ‘we are united.’
“As I tried to give my remarks at the public hearing this morning on HB 4268 in defense of our constitutional property rights, I got dragged out of House chambers,” Lucas said. “Why? Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee.”
“The people who are going to be speaking in favor of this bill are all going to be paid by the industry.”.. Lissa Lucas traveled the 100 miles from her home in Cairo, West Virginia to the state capitol in Charleston Friday to testify against an oil and gas industry sponsored bill (HB 4268) that woul…
“The measure would roll back several key financial regulations, including sections of the Dodd-Frank Act. It does so under the cover of offering consumer protections and coming to the aid of community banks — though the financial institutions that benefit have not-so-obscure names, like American Express, SunTrust, and BB&T.”
An Equifax-inspired reform somehow led to big giveaways for banks. There’s a reason that bipartisanship is fetishized in Washington.
The times they are a changin!
“Carter, an IT specialist and veteran, defeated incumbent Republican delegate and House Majority Whip Jackson Miller by around 10 percentage points, in an election many thought was an easy race for the GOP candidate.”
Lee Carter, a member of Democratic Socialists of America, had been written off by establishment Democrats, but just beat a top-ranking Virginia Republican.
See, nobody cares what gender you are. Can we focus on economic issues now and get rid of neoliberalism?
The Democrat defeated 13-term incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall, who called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe.”