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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.

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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-12-2018

School workers across W.Va. vote to authorize action
By Ryan Quinn , Charleston Gazette-Mail

FLATWOODS — An “overwhelming” proportion of public school employees across the state have voted to authorize leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association state branches to decide on statewide action in response to concerns about pay, health insurance benefit cuts and other issues.

The exact action that may be...

February-09-2018

Walk-ins held across Eastern Panhandle
By Hans Fogle, WV MetroNews

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Teachers across the Eastern Panhandle held walk-ins at area schools Friday morning in a show of solidarity amidst concerns about teacher pay increases and changes to the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

Governor Jim Justice announced during a press conference on Thursday that controversial changes to PEIA would be delayed for one...

February-07-2018

Justice, government leaders ask PEIA to hold off on changes
By MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice, leadership in the House of Delegates and the Republican Caucus agreed Tuesday to ask the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board to freeze its premium structure for the upcoming fiscal year amid concerns from public educators.

The board...

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