The difference between a walkout and strike

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WVNS) — Teachers in all 55 counties will be holding a walkout this Thursday and Friday to advocate for better insurance and pay. Many have been using the words strike and walkout interchangeably, but representatives with the West Virginia Education Association said the two words mean different things. 

According to Jessica Morgan, a strike has no end date.  In this case, that would mean teachers would not return to work until a compromise is reached with legislators.  Morgan said a walkout means a planned work stoppage for a certain number of days.  She said right now, teachers so plan to return to work on Monday- hence a walkout. 

59 News asked Morgan what teacher’s plan to do this Thursday and Friday during the walkout.  She said she could not release the details because that is part of their strategy but said teachers “will be visible.” 

So far, the House approved a 2 percent pay raise for teachers while the Senate has approved 1 percent. The two sides are still trying to iron out their differences, but there’s little chance that can get done before Thursday

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