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January-25-2018

Unions hold press conference over unrest with salary and PEIA proposals

CHARLESTON – Speaking on behalf of thousands of public employees, leaders from AFT-WV, WVEA, UMWA, CWA and the West Virginia AFL-CIO called on lawmakers to work on a long-term strategy to make salaries for state employees competitive with contiguous states.

“There’s a lot of unrest among public employees out there,” WV AFL-CIO President Josh Sword said. “We have a crisis on our hands within...

January-18-2018

WV House committee passes bill to dismantle Dept. of Education and Arts
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House Education Committee passed Wednesday an extensive bill that would dismantle the state Department of Education and the Arts, sending agencies and functions within it to other areas or spinning them off as independent agencies.

But committee members who opposed House Bill 4006, which now heads to the House Finance Committee...

January-18-2018

Delegates criticize WV PEIA wellness program as 'invasion of privacy'
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Some House members were critical Wednesday of a new Public Employees Insurance Agency wellness initiative, calling it intrusive and an invasion of privacy.

“We have some pretty doggone unhappy state employees. A lot of that unhappiness is based on this program,” Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, said of PEIA’s new GO365 program.

Under the...

January-16-2018

WV teachers call for more than a 1 percent raise
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice, in his State of the State address last week, requested a “1 percent” across-the-board pay increase for West Virginia teachers in this year’s legislative session, with further 1 percent increases in each of the next four years.

“That’s it?” has essentially been the response of teachers, at least as indicated by a rally Monday in the state Capitol....

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