Schools close as teachers protest for better pay, health insurance


You had to have little hope. "Or I can drive 15 more minutes and work in the top 10 paid states in the nation, Virginia". Today, we are on our way.

"College is expensive.There's always things you have to buy, constantly", Pinkerman said.

"I think we're unified", she said.

When the governor introduced a menial 1 percent raise for teachers, it was viewed as a slap in the face. I went to the mat for this, but it failed.

"Every version we have seen in some form or another equaled 5 percent", she said following Tuesday's Senate session. The law would permit operators to offer sports wagering through apps and online, which is the wave of the future and also would make sports betting more accessible to more remote parts of rural West Virginia. She said this is just history repeating itself.

"I'm reporting for duty on the picket line", American Federation of Teachers National President Randi Weingarten told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "We certainly recognize our teachers are underpaid and this is a step in the right direction to addressing their pay".

"This was nearly completely a grassroots movement", said Erica Newsome, an English teacher in Logan County.

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After a 90-minute debate Thursday, the House also unanimously passed a bill to dedicate the first 20 percent of any general revenue surplus toward a separate fund aimed at stabilizing the Public Employees Insurance Agency, a state entity that administers health care programs for public workers, including teachers. Late past year, the governor and the PEIA board proposed several changes that would undermine health benefits, which incensed public employees.

The first rumblings began late a year ago, when a group of teachers formed a secret Facebook page and started planning a "lobby day" at the state capital on Martin Luther King Day, when they knew the legislature would be in session. Each 1 percent of a statewide pay raise costs an additional $23 million. "We are standing united-all 55 [counties]".

Now, if you choose, you may throw rocks at the very man who has stood steadfast in your camp. "Now, I'm not sure I'll be able to count on that".

After that state police and school service personnel will get a one percent raise next year, while teachers will get a one percent raise in each of the following two years.

"The teachers and their unions are threatening to strike and are making a threat to lock schools down and leave students in the cold", Ferns told the Wheeling News-Register last Friday. And, I know that is exactly what I'm trying to do. "We are not listening", he said.

Though the February 16 closure was due to an impending service personnel work stoppage, Wetzel County teachers and personnel have been holding informational pickets throughout the past couple of weeks, at each of the county's schools.

The Republican-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates is comprised of of 100 members, with 64 Republicans now seated and 36 Democrats.