CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on strike that launched a national “Red4Ed” movement, they’re doing it again.
Unions have called a statewide walkout Tuesday over complicated education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year’s strike. How long this one goes on will be a day-to-day decision, leaders of three unions for teachers and school service workers said at a news conference Monday.
“We are left with no other choice,” said Fred Albert, president of the American Federation of Teachers’ West Virginia chapter.
The 2018 walkout launched the national movement that included strikes in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Washington state, and more recently, Los Angeles and Denver. Teachers in Oakland, California, have authorized a strike starting Thursday.
Now the movement has come full circle.
Nearly all of West Virginia’s 55 counties called off public school classes Tuesday.
The unions have said lawmakers never asked for their insight into what has become a rushed process in the Legislature.