Local family supports work stoppage amidst child care struggles

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They’re doing some work here and there, but for the most part, amid the state wide work stoppage, Monongah Elementary students Brenlain and Kinlei’s book bags have remained on their hooks.

Their mom Tiffany Pitek said she thinks the walkout will benefit her girls. 

“We don’t know what they’re going to be when they grow up. They may be one of those 20 thousand teachers in 20 years that needs that pay increase. So it’s really important that my girls get to see the teachers standing up for what they think is right,” Pitek said.

And although she said it’s a worthwhile cause, Pitek has a job and is in school herself, she’s had to coordinate with babysitters and family members to keep an eye on the girls. 

“Childcare has been a little crazy but we’ve managed,” Pitek said.

One Monongah Middle School teacher said she understands that finding childcare has been an inconvenience for parents, but it’s a necessary challenge. 

“We understand that totally but we’re fighting for them too. We’re fighting for everybody. It’s time that West Virginia stands up for what we think is right,” said Stacey Strawderman, Monongah Middle teacher. 

Straderman also said they’re fighting for more than just teachers. 

“Well this has become more than a work stoppage, this is a movement,” Staderman said. “Am I surprised that we’re still here? No. I think we have to stay out here until we get what we want. I think this is a fight for the working man.”

“It’s awesome that they’re standing up for what they believe in,” Brenlain agreed.

She added that the subsequent break from school wasn’t too bad either. 

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