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February 1, 2018

Marion County targets misinformation in teachers’ meeting
By Brittany Murray, WV MetroNews

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Social media has helped to fuel misinformation in Marion County surrounding the frustrations and challenges facing the state’s school employees.

Allyson Perry, president of the Marion County Education Association, said addressing that misinformation was the purpose of Wednesday’s teachers’ meeting at the Knights of Columbus in...

February 1, 2018

No work stoppage imminent in Monongalia County, but many teachers feeling ignored by Charleston
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV Metronews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Even as teachers from select counties prepare to demonstrate in Charleston during a one-day walkout, the use of the dreaded ‘s’ word remains unpopular among their ranks.

“That’s not what we want,” Heather Deluca-Nestor, a teacher at South Middle School said Wednesday. “We just want (...

February 1, 2018

Senate votes down two amendments that would have increased teacher pay raise
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the eve of some announced teacher walkouts and after a long discussion about priorities, the state Senate voted down two amendments that aimed for bigger increases in how much teachers are paid.


February 1, 2018

Governor Justice says PEIA plans for dual state incomes will be revisited

By , WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced that the PEIA finance board will conduct public hearings on a proposal to reduce premiums for families that have dual state...

February 1, 2018

Teachers in southern WV counties plan walkouts, rally
By Caity Coyne, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Educators in several Southern West Virginia counties won't show up to school on Friday. Instead, many will travel to the Capitol in an attempt to send a message to legislators as part of a walkout, according to local union leaders and school officials.

Schools will be closed in at least Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties for the work stoppage, according to...

February 2, 2018

Teachers making noise about pay, other issues
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hundreds of teachers stood together outside of Kanawha County schools Friday in a show of solidarity as frustration increases with a proposed one percent pay raise, health insurance concerns and other issues at the state capitol.

Kanawha County teachers took part in a walk-in at Montrose Elementary in South Charleston Friday morning.


February 5, 2018

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...

February 6, 2018

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...

February 6, 2018

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...

February 7, 2018

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...

February 9, 2018

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...

February 12, 2018

School workers across W.Va. vote to authorize action
By Ryan Quinn , Charleston Gazette-Mail

FLATWOODS — An “overwhelming” proportion of public school employees across the state have voted to authorize leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association state branches to decide on statewide action in response to concerns about pay, health insurance benefit cuts and other issues.

The exact action that may be...