The MTA is making a contribution to West Virginia educators as they continue their strike, which is now in its eighth day.
“This fight is about workplace rights and respect as much as it is about earning a decent living.”MTA President Barbara Madeloni
The MTA Executive Committee voted unanimously on March 3 to donate $5,000 to help support the activism of the striking educators.
“The rank-and-file activism of the striking educators is inspiring, and it shows the incredible power of solidarity,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni.
“Educators here in Massachusetts want their sisters and brothers to know that we stand with them,” Madeloni added. “This fight is about workplace rights and respect as much as it is about earning a decent living.”
The statewide strike has closed all public schools in West Virginia since Feb. 22, when educators walked out after rank-and-file members rejected a proposed agreement over health insurance and compensation issues.
According to the National Education Association, West Virginia teachers average $45,622 per year in salary, making them among the lowest-paid public educators in the nation.