February 2018

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February 13, 2018

Public workers want PEIA 'fixed,' not 'frozen'
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The roughly 350-person audience at Monday’s Public Employees Insurance Agency health coverage hearing made clear it wasn’t satisfied with the governor’s current proposal to provide enough additional PEIA funding to stop previously approved benefit cuts from taking effect next fiscal year.

“Fix it, don’t freeze it,” Fred Albert, president of Kanawha County’s arm of the...

February 15, 2018

As talks continue, Capitol gets ready for hundreds of teachers
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hundreds of teachers and service personnel are expected at the Capitol on Friday and then again for a statewide rally on Saturday, even as state leaders were trying to figure out if they can satisfy their demands.

Capitol security is getting ready for the crowds, which will also occur during forecasts of heavy rain.


February 19, 2018

‘No one wants to go any longer than this,’ Kanawha County teacher, union official says of planned two-day walkouts
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In addition to pay and benefits, a Kanawha County math teacher says the planned statewide walkout this Thursday and Friday for teachers and school service workers across West Virginia is about respect.

“It’s to preserve and hold the promise for public education,” said Fred Albert, a 6th...

February 22, 2018

Teachers walk out across West Virginia over pay, benefits
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

eachers across West Virginia walked off the job Thursday, demonstrating at the state Capitol and at some schools in frustration over what they say is state leaders' refusal to pay them and fund their benefits adequately.

Late Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice announced that he had...

February 23, 2018

Thousands of school employees converge on Capitol amid work stoppage
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

All 55 West Virginia counties closed their public schools Thursday for the first day of what unions have announced, so far, will be a two-day work stoppage by public school employees — the first in state history of this magnitude to include teachers and school service personnel.

February 25, 2018

‘Dumb bunnies’ in WV teacher crowds protest comment by Governor Justice
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers want Gov. Jim Justice to know they are not dumb bunnies.

“He underestimates us. He underestimates us. He doesn’t think we’re as smart as we are,” said Melissa Turley, a middle school teacher in Logan County. “To refer to us as dumb bunnies just shows us that he’s not very smart.”


February 28, 2018

Statement from Three Education Organizations Regarding Action on Agreement Items

Yesterday we arrived at an agreement with the governor regarding moving forward towards a permanent resolution on PEIA and salaries. We based those discussion on the premise of parties attempting to work out differences in good faith. The Governor has revised his revenue estimates and sent those to the respective Finance chairs. The pay raise bill, HB 4145, passed House Finance and is...