Remembering the WV Teacher Strike with Brad McElhinny


Brad McElhinny almost missed the first rumblings of the teacher’s strike.

This issue was on almost nobody’s radar screen until MLK Day, when Brad stumbled into West Virginia Education Association president Dale Lee at a teacher’s rally at the Capitol.

“‘Lee said, ‘I know out there, people are talking about a strike’…and my ears perked up and I asked, ‘You said strike, you just don’t drop that work casually, right?’

“And he said, ‘No, we don’t,’ and before you knew it, thousands of teachers in the Capitol…and if you keep a scorecard, pretty well won.”

On this week’s Front Porch podcast, the WV Metronews reporter recounts the teacher’s strike from beginning to end, and we debate its ongoing effects on West Virginia and the nation.

Also, SNAP work requirements, the Gazette-Mail purchase, and Led Zepplin.

Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we tackle the tough issues facing Appalachia the same way you talk with your friends on the porch.

Hosts include WVPB Executive Director and recovering reporter Scott Finn; economist Jessi Troyan of the free-market Cardinal Institute; and liberal columnist and avid goat herder Rick Wilson, who works for the American Friends Service Committee.

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