… quando para terem um seguro de saúde, tentaram que os professores da Virgínia Ocidental tivessem de usar Fitbits e cumprir metas para não serem multados. Embora as causas fossem muito além disso. E os professores tivessem de avançar para lá dos “acordos” feitos pelos seus “representantes”. E fizeram-no nos 55 condados. Independentemente do cheque ao fim do mês.
The strikers won all five of their demands by shutting down every public school in the state.
The teachers understood that to win, to not go down in the record books as another huge defeat, they had to stay on strike and escalate the crisis. They could not have achieved the victory without having the community firmly on their side. Educators, like health-care workers, have an incredibly powerful, organic relationship with their communities—relationships so strong they are durable against sophisticated right-wing attacks. The solidarity built in West Virginia was built in a strike that united the state against the power structure. The sooner the progressive movement understands that, to save our democracy, people must rebuild robust unions—that means a strong embrace of teachers and education and public-service workers—the sooner we all start winning.
(o problema é que por cá os ataques “sofisticados” não surgem apenas da “direita”… tantas vezes são bem mais “próximos”…)