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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

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

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

Mercer County educators meet on potential strike vote
By Mike McCullough, WV MetroNews

PRINCETON, W.Va. — The home side of Princeton Senior High School’s gymnasium was full Monday as concerned educators gathered ahead of a potential strike authorization vote.

Mercer County Education Association President Allen Kade took the microphone answering questions and addressing concerns.

“There’s so much misinformation about strikes on...

January 30, 2018

Mingo, Logan school employees planning 1-day walkout; others may join

The president of the West Virginia Education Association’s Mingo County arm said large majorities of Mingo’s public school professional and service personnel, including teachers,...

January 31, 2018

Harrison teachers rally together in frustration of PEIA, pay increase
By Brittany Murray, WV MetroNews

MEADOWBROOK, W.Va. — Harrison County teachers are building momentum to rally in Charleston in opposition to PEIA and the one percent pay increase proposed by Gov. Jim Justice.

Roughly 400 teachers attended a meeting at Jewel City Church in Meadowbrook Tuesday night to...

January 31, 2018

Rolling walkouts possible from teachers; Armstead says work underway to address concerns
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leadership in the House of Delegates is working on options to address the concerns of teachers over a proposed one percent pay increase and increased costs in health insurance.

House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) said during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Tuesday the concerns...