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To the Editor:

I heard a recent interview of teachers from West Virginia. One said that they were inspired last year by the actions of the Women’s Movement and the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to take their own action to strike.

The teachers' paid union leaders said they should take the 1 percent raise the state offered, but the “grass roots” teachers took to the picket line and held out for 5 percent and no increase in health insurance costs. Their success then inspired teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and other states and cities to bring their grievances to the picket line and succeed as the teachers in West Virginia had.

As I write this, teachers in more cities are seeing that there is a way to improve their schools and receive proper benefit from stingy and hostile governments. I hope these actions are a growing trend.

Organizing the rank and file to give them strength to reach out and get their just compensations is again as valid as it was when unions were growing in the early part of the 20th Century. This is how to Make America Great Again. And the inspiration comes from brave and persistent women and teenagers.

Al Parr

Carbondale

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