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Teachers Are Marching Ahead Of Their Unions, From Oklahoma To Arizona

Oklahoma and Kentucky teachers are both walking out of school Monday, and teachers in other states are watching closely. In many states, teachers are organizing with and without unions.
Source: Chelsea Beck

"I'm 54 years old and my paycheck is $1,980 [a month]. I can't afford f****** health insurance."

That's one of the first things Larry Cagle says on the phone. He is spitting nails. The Tulsa English teacher is one of the leaders of a grassroots organizing group, Oklahoma Teachers United, that they say represents thousands of public school teachers around the state. His group, and both of Oklahoma's teachers unions, support the walkout and rally happening across the state Monday in support of higher wages and more state revenue.

Teachers are striking even of about $6,000 last week. That vote followed earlier walkouts. The bill, if signed, would bring Oklahoma's , to the middle of the pack.

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