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The Chicago Teachers Union stands in solidarity with educators in West Virginia who are on strike for fair wages and adequate health care. Enough is enough. Even without collective bargaining, these teachers are steadfast in the face of attacks on their classrooms and the students they serve.

We stand with our sisters and brothers in West Virginia who are being forced by Gov. Jim Justice to pay for that state’s budget shortfalls. They have not caused this crisis, yet they are expected to shoulder the burden, and that is unacceptable.

Solidarity is the foundation of unionism, and the struggles of our sisters and brothers belong to all of us. We urge our family in West Virginia to stand strong, for they have thousands of CTU members standing behind them.

ILLUSTRATION: WV solidarity