After nine days on strike, West Virginia teachers—among the lowest paid in the nation—have won sorely needed salary increases and the promise of more affordable health care. In a state with a history of union allegiance, their solidarity resulted in a 5 percent raise for all state employees. “That victory is a testament to the voice and determination, the resilience and compassion, and the collective power and organizing of the educators of this state,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten, who was with the strikers when they settled. Referring to the U.S. Supreme Court case attacking unions, she added that the win has implications beyond West Virginia. “We will rise up.”

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