School Strike Point Made

In a way, the cold, rainy weather Thursday and Friday was a good thing for teachers picketing in front of area public schools for hours on end. Doubtless virtually all of them would have preferred to have been inside their warm, dry classrooms those days, of course.

But conditions were miserable enough to make it clear to passersby that the striking educators were very serious in their displeasure at the state Legislature. Some of the signs they held pointed out unhappiness regarding issues including pay and health insurance.

Now, lawmakers and Gov. Jim Justice have seen just how upset the teachers are. Mountain State taxpayers understand the seriousness of the dispute, too.

The point has been made. It is unlikely continuing the work stoppage next week, as union leaders have said will happen, would accomplish anything other than, perhaps, to harden attitudes on both sides.

In addition to detrimental effects on children and families affected directly, the strike plainly is illegal. Some state officials have discussed going to court to seek an injunction requiring teachers to go back to work.

That need not happen.

What will the governor and legislators do now? No one but they know, and they may be uncertain. But additional work stoppages probably will not affect their thinking.

The point has been made. Extending the strike into next week would not be productive — for anyone.