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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...


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...


Public employees lay out demands during major rally in Clarksburg
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Hundreds of educators and service personnel rallied at Robert C. Byrd High School on Monday night, receiving updates and encouragement from teachers and local union representatives — and discussing their demands.

Greg Phillips, who teaches at RCB and is the vice president of the Harrison County...


Faculty senates in Mon County to convene on action authorization vote Tuesday
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As faculty senates prepare to convene Tuesday in Monongalia County on an action authorization vote, Monongalia County School Superintendent Frank Devono is hopeful these types of steps will help avert the first teacher work stoppage in 28 years.

“I certainly respect the local union’s willingness to want to be...


With acrimony -- and teachers watching -- Senate advances 1 percent raise
Phil Kabler, Charleton Gazette-Mail

With more of a sense of acrimony than accomplishment, the West Virginia Senate passed 33-0, and sent to the House, Senate Bill 267, which gives teachers five consecutive 1 percent pay raises, while providing back-to-back 1 percent raises for other state employees and school service personnel.

Senate Democrats called the raises inadequate, and...