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West Virginia Teachers Strike

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Teachers in West Virginia were on strike for more than a week to protest a pay raise they viewed as inadequate. The strike ended when a promised 5% pay increase was negotiated.

Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt, a debate question, as well as other assessment questions.

Download the PowerPoint Lecture Spark for West Virginia Teachers Strike


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  • Writing: What is the underlying issue in Janus v. AFSCME?
  • Debate: Public sector unions should be able to collect dues from employees who don’t belong to the union because all employees benefit when the union bargains collectively.
  • Poll:  Unions should not be able to engage in political activities without the express consent of all union members.
  • Short Answer: What is the free-rider problem as it relates to union activities?

Current events quiz:

1) West Virginia teachers went on strike to protest a less than 5% pay raise. (T/F)

2) Private sector unionization has largely been more successful than public sector unionization. (T/F)

3) The Supreme Court decided not to hear the case Janus v. AFSCME. (T/F)

4) Which party tends to have greater political support from unions?

a. Republican

b. Democratic

c. Libertarian

d. Green

e. None of the above

5) The death of ___________ resulted in a 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court on the question of whether union fees violated free expression.

a. David Souter

b. Earl Warren

c. Antonin Scalia

d. Sandra Day O’Connor


1) True

2) False

3) False

4) B

5) C