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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, July 13, 2024


Clemmie Moses and Faye Fredericks had picket signs, water coolers, and ice ready for the arrival of striking teachers to the St. John picket line Wednesday.
Moses, recording secretary of the St. Thomas-St. John American Federation of Teachers, and Julius Sprauve School building representative Fredericks were among the hundreds of AFT members who stayed out of schools across the territory.
On St. John, parents and other workers expressed their support for the teachers and complained about the government's disrespect for teachers as professionals. The few students that showed up to school turned around and returned home.
Senior Sprauve building rep Evans Williams expressed his disgust with senators who are finally out of a "comatose condition," he said, and now acting as though they always cared about AFT paraprofessionals, teachers and support staff.
Williams thanked his fellow teachers for their overwhelming support and assured them that there is "unity in strength." He also acknowledged the contributions of ice and water from the St. John Ice Company and water from Pimpy's Water Delivery and let the group know the Poor Man's Pub was offering half-price luncheons to striking teachers.
After the AFT members were assured the school was closed, they then marched through Cruz Bay. As they chanted and sang through the street, workers and residents shouted out their support and hope for a speedy end to the strike. Some teachers later caught the ferry to join their fellow AFT members on St. Thomas.

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