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. About 200 people attended the West Virginia Education Association union rally, including teachers and lawmakers.
The audience, where the signs included ones saying “1 percent is not enough! We deserve competitive pay!” and “We need more than a 1 percent raise. We deserve more!!,” booed when WVEA President Dale Lee mentioned Justice’s proposal.
“I don’t have to tell you that’s inadequate,” Lee said.