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Governor Justice Says Deal Reached on WV Teachers' Pay
06 March 2018, 05:47 | Virginia Santiago
Teachers and school personnel rally at the Capitol building in Charleston on Feb. 27
"We're all caught up in our egos", said Democratic Sen.
The committee's initial inaction prompted schools to close again statewide on Tuesday, the ninth day of canceled classes. But a House version of the bill, which favored the higher pay raise, had somehow been entered into the Senate voting system and was approved by unsuspecting Senate members.
"The strike is against the Legislature, and not the students", Cornforth said. "The main thing is that we had the governor with us". "The governor's basically following that belief".
After four years with zero pay increases, the teachers are waiting on a legislative committee to take action, but no committee meetings have been scheduled. Robert Plymale, a Democratic member of the legislative conference committee, referring to the $6.9 million difference. Between licks of ice cream, Zoey said she was disappointed she couldn't return to school to turn in an art project she worked hard on that was due.
"During our wait, I had the opportunity to discuss and listen to the other superintendent's concerns and thoughts with respect to the current work stoppage", she said.
"I wish it wouldn't have come to this and that I was still in school, but I want the teachers to get the wages that they deserve, so I'm all right with it", said Victoria Blickenstaff, a sophomore at Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont. "I think we're reaching as many as we can". The bill affects state employees whose salaries are directly set by code; raises for other state employees will be addressed in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget bill, which will be considered in the coming days.
Lawrence Messina, a spokesman for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said more than 5,000 people had arrived by noon. Teachers have been on strike since February 22. School service personnel are also walking out.
A GoFundMe page for the striking workers had garnered more than $250,000 by late Monday. But Bryant said those wouldn't be enough. "This Strike Support Fund is one other way you can help", organizers wrote.
Every public school in the state West Virginia and 20000 teachers all on strike.
INSKEEP: With a 5 percent raise, you're still going to be lower than surrounding states, aren't you? The bill went to the state House, which rejected the Senate version. The House wouldn't agree to the Senate's move, sending the bill to the conference committee. Charles Trump explained Saturday after voting down the legislation. The House and the Senate could extend that deadline. Union leadership supported the deal, however, many teachers felt the deal didn't go almost far enough, nor was its passage through the senate guaranteed.
Rather than go back to the classroom on March 1 as Justice and union leaders had agreed, teachers in each county organized and agreed to stay out until the 5 percent raise Justice promised was actually passed into law. It's an issue teacher Tonya McKinney can ignore.
Democratic Sen. Corey Palumbo said reducing the proposed raise will likely prolong a strike that has already caused students to miss seven school days.
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