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January-30-2018

Teachers rally, meeting to consider strike authorization votes
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Strike authorization votes could come from teachers in a handful of West Virginia counties Monday evening as frustration grows with rising insurance costs and a proposed one percent pay increase in each of the next five years.

Teachers rallied Monday morning at several locations in Wyoming County. Parents and elected officials...

January-30-2018

Lawmakers, education associations share frustration about financial situation
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, compared the anger among public employees in recent weeks to a powder keg, adding state lawmakers fear it is “about to go off.”

“These people are tired,” he said. “They aren’t making it month to month. Teachers are cutting their medication in half.”

Ojeda was one of six...

January-30-2018

Gov. Justice recommends changes to PEIA's Go365, program will now be 100% voluntary with no penalties

Butch Antolini, Butch.Antolini@wv.gov
1/29/2018

CHARLESTON, WV...
January-25-2018

Justice administration changes pay raise bill to reflect multi-year increases
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s pay raise bill for state workers now includes language that says it will be a multi-year raise for teachers and all other state workers.

The bill (SB 267) passed the Senate Finance Committee on a voice vote Thursday afternoon. The committee voted on a bill that was different from the original...

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...

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