Resolution Ratified in Support of WV Communications Workers

CWA Frontier members on strike.

CWA members in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia covered under the “CWA 142” contract went on strike at midnight on March 4, 2018. Visit the WV CWA – Fighting for Our Future Facebook page for the latest news.

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the following Resolution was ratified by unanimous consent by a quorum of the Mountain Party State Executive Committee in support of those Communications Workers of America who are currently on strike against Frontier Communications.

  • WHEREAS FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS, INC., has shown no evidence of bargaining in good faith to come to an equitable contract with its employees and members of the COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS of AMERICA in nearly two years.
  • WHEREAS the COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS of AMERICA are engaged in peaceful job actions and a strike against FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.,
  • WHEREAS FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS, INC., is providing substandard service to West Virginia subscribers, implying that the fault for such service lies with the striking employees;
  • WHEREAS FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS, INC., has hired strike breakers to harass, provoke, and intimidate members of the COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS of AMERICA as they peacefully exercise their rights as American citizens and wage earners.
  • BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE MOUNTAIN PARTY OF WEST VIRGINIA  calls upon the Honorable Judge CHARLES KING of Kanawha County, WV to voluntarily and unilaterally lift the temporary injunction order issued by himself against the COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA,
  • BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE MOUNTAIN PARTY OF WEST VIRGINIA calls upon FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS, INC., to bargain in good faith with the members of the COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA to reach a fair and equitable settlement of the issues confronting both parties. 
Resolution Author & Sponsor: Danny Lutz, District 16 Representative Mountain Party Executive Committee

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Teacher’s survey: Does Governor Justice REALLY love you?

IF  Governor Jim Justice really “LOVES” teachers (as he’s claimed,) then why doesn’t he issue an Executive Order granting them the “Right to Strike“?

A. Because he doesn’t understand that the foundation of all true love is RESPECT.

B. Because he’d basically say anything to persuade teachers to stop picketing and get back to work.

C. BE PATIENT! Governor Coaligarch actually will grant our educators the right to strike. Suuurre …Right about the same time that our current statehouse mercenaries agree to raise severance taxes on the natural gas industry by 2.5%. Which, by the way, is the amount the teachers movement believe would raise enough revenue to increase the wages of public school workers. BTW he won’t increase it on coal because he can’t afford to. Mainly because he actually sends Russia 3 bucks for every metric ton of coal he extracts from those mines he helped his Russian pals launder all those millions with.

D. None of the above (insert your own comment).

Below are several photos of the Public Employee’s candle light vigil on at the State Capitol:                                                                  Photos by Mountain Party Executive Chair Jesse Johnson.        

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Solutions & Resolutions: FOR WV Teachers and all Public Employees

On February 18, 2018, Mountain Party leaders passed a Resolution* supporting all teachers, school service personnel and public employees who are fed up with low pay and ever increasing health insurance costs. The Mountain Party further recognizes that these problems persisted even prior to the current GOP control of West Virginia’s statehouse and Executive branch.

Back in 2014, Mountain Party leaders passed a resolution supporting full collective bargaining rights for all Public Employees, including the right to strike. We found it necessary to do so because Statehouse Democratic leaders in the majority under Governors Tomblin and Manchin for too long had also neglected to properly pay teachers or fix ever-growing PEIA problems. Manchin did he did propose and get a small raise, but he froze all public employee wages before Earl Ray was elected governor.

But hey, come to think of it, if ANY past WV governor really respected public educators, he would have granted teachers the right-to-strike by Executive Order! And even if current state lawmakers manage to pass an acceptable pay raise this year, the same problems will continue to persist. That’s because the leaders of both current “ruling” Parties in West Virginia will NEVER pass right-to strike  legislation just like they NEVER tax major corporations in accordance with what they extract from the State.

Instead, BOTH “D’s” and “R’s” have historically balanced the State budget by unfairly squeezing our poor and working class through regressive taxes like our General Sales Tax scheme.

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which basically cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. In 2016 WV lawmakers had already cut severance taxes on coal by $50 million a year. This session, WV lawmakers are now considering the elimination of corporate business and inventory taxes, as proposed by a Governor who stands to personally gain millions through his many coal operations here.

Mountain Party leaders believe that to keep current and future lawmakers focused on meeting the needs of all of West Virginia’s struggling Public Employees, it is critical to find, and promote truly progressive candidates. Including those who will not only introduce, but push hard for legislation that will lawfully grant the right for all Public Educators the right to strike.


Tom Rhule
Communication Director
304 989 1629

*WHEREAS the MOUNTAIN PARTY of WEST VIRGINIA, Affiliate of the Green Party of the United States, stands for economic justice for all Americans, including the right to bargain collectively for wages, benefits, working conditions, and the right to engage in peaceful job actions,

BE IT RESOLVED that the MOUNTAIN PARTY of WEST VIRGINIA stands in solidarity with the sisters and brothers of organized labor in West Virginia and the West Virginia AF of L-CIO representing teachers, service personnel, state employees, police, and emergency first responders in their calls to the West Virginia State Legislature to immediately send to the Governor bills providing for meaningful pay increases for these persons and a bills assuring the financial soundness and the promised coverages and indemnities of the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency.
BE IT RESOLVED that the MOUNTAIN PARTY of WEST VIRGINIA stands in solidarity with all unions and crafts, and encourages these sisters and brothers of the affected professions to obtain the ends so described in this resolution.


Author & Sponsor: Dan Lutz, Mountain Party State Executive Committee Chair, District 16

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