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November-23-2014

By Phil Kabler  
The Charleston Gazette  

After three years of spending down its reserve fund in lieu of premium increases, the state Public Employees Insurance Agency has reached the point where the fund will bottom out in 2015-16, forcing the agency to come up with nearly $40 million of benefits cuts, including $30 million for current state employees, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham told legislators Wednesday.

Cheatham was grilled by members of the Joint Committee...

November-22-2014

By WVEA Staff

Early voting begins today in West Virginia and runs through Saturday, Nov. 1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

This is a pivotal year for our interests. It's important to back candidates who will not only support the Competitive Pay Campaign but will also help us ward off Teach for America, charter schools legislation, weakened seniority rights and much more.

The candidates endorsed in this ...

November-21-2014

By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

State employees and retirees vented their displeasure with the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s proposal to cut their health insurance benefits by a total of $40 million during a public hearing Thursday evening at the Charleston Civic Center.

“It is similar to asking us if we want to be in a head-on collision, or get T-boned on the highway,” Joe White, with the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, said of asking employees which...

November-18-2014
November-17-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple’s lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education will move forward.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky last week denied the school board’s request for Marple’s wrongful termination case to be dismissed.

Charleston attorney Victor Flanagan, who is representing the school board, asked in a court hearing in September that all charges against the board and former...

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