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Event Monday- Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike with Nicole McCormick

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Portland Rising and the Portland Association of Teachers present
Nicole McCormick
West Virginia teacher and organizer
Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

7-8:30 PM
Monday, July 23rd
@ Portland Association of Teachers office, 345 NE 8th Ave

When teachers and other education workers went on strike in West Virginia, they shut down every public school in the state. Thousands of workers and supportive parents protested at the state capital. Nine school days later, they declared victory. Their commitment and solidarity won a significant raise for all public sector workers, forced withdrawal of bills that would have expanded charter schools and eliminated teacher seniority, and a government promise to convene a task force to find ways to reign-in rising worker health care costs. Their victory inspired teacher strikes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona.

· What challenges did teachers face in West Virginia?
· How did they succeed in building worker unity and a state-wide strike?
· How did they succeed in building wide-spread popular support?

Nicole will talk about how the strike was organized and won, and lessons to be learned.
Nicole McCormack is a middle school teacher, key leader in the state-wide WV strike, and
President – Elect of the Mercer County Education Association.

Donations will be requested; No one will be turned away.

Portland Rising is a committee of Jobs with Justice www.jwjpdx.org

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.