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Eric Zorn: West Virginia teachers' victory gives hope to sagging labor movement

Late in this winter of organized labor's discontent, the green shoots of what some are calling the "West Virginia Spring" have broken through.

A dramatic and possibly illegal statewide job walk-off by 35,000 public school employees in West Virginia that began Feb. 22 ended Tuesday in a victory for the educators - a raise five times higher than what the state's governor had first proposed and a promise to attempt to curb their rising health insurance premiums.

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