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2018 TeacherWalk Out

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Jennifer Bair, Staff Writer

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From all 55 counties, school teachers, and service personnel will be participating in West Virginia’s first statewide walkout since 1990 this Thursday, February 22nd and Friday, February 23rd. The announcement came at the end of a rally the previous week featuring thousands of teachers and others at the State Capitol, and follows weeks of growing tension between public employees, educators, and the State Legislature regarding concerns with pay and health care. We as students need to understand the basis for the walk out and why it is just more than getting a few days off of school.

Teachers and public employees are asking lawmakers to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) and increase pay. Hikes in insurance prices prove to outweigh the monthly raise being proposed. Broken down, this means that although the teachers and public workers are getting a “raise,” they will be losing more than double the amount of the raise given monthly due to an increase in insurance prices. Gov. Jim Justice has proposed freezing PEIA, which would mean previously approved changes to the program that would raise costs for all state employees would not take effect until next fiscal year.

The work stoppage, though temporary, is meant as a shot across the bow to legislators. Service personnel throughout the state will also participate in the walkout. Teachers are still standing fast at asking for a 5 percent salary increase the first year, raising the likelihood state teachers will go through a planned work stoppage. The strike was announced by the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) during a weekend rally at the state capitol in Charleston that attracted teachers and other public sector employees and supporters.

According to a 2017 study that ranked each state’s average teacher salary, West Virginia is the sixth worst in the country. On average, the state’s teachers make $45,477, compared to first place ranking Alaska, where teachers make $77,843. West Virginia teachers want the state to fund the state’s Public Employee Insurance Agency (PEIA) and increase their salaries.

The state’s House of Delegates has voted to give public school teachers 2 percent raises next year and a 1 percent raise over the next three years, while the state’s Senate has approved a 1 percent raise, every year, over the next five years. Jim Justice had stated. “I promise, I will support all that can possibly be done and we will find a permanent fix for PEIA. I do this because I love all our teachers, service personnel, and especially all our children.”

 

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