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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.


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...


‘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...


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.



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...