'We Have Reached A Deal': West Virginia Teacher Strike Set To End
Mar 07, 2018, 00:12
Details were not disclosed publicly. Republican governor, Jim Justice agreeing on Twitter writing, "Education should be your centerpiece and I have worked tirelessly to get our teachers the 5%pay raise". The House of Delegates later approved a 5 percent increase negotiated last week by Justice with the unions.
The West Virginia teachers strike reached its eighth day on March 5, shutting schools for about 277,000 students and 35,000 workers throughout the state.
Similarly, the cheapest health insurance plans in West Virginia rank about in the middle of states in terms of cost. "I stood rock solid on the 5 percent teacher pay raise and delivered", he tweeted.
West Virginia's governor and state legislators struck a deal with union leaders to end the massive teacher strike that has closed schools across the state for nine weekdays.
Most counties across the state subsequently announced classrooms will be closed Tuesday for the ninth straight day. Toward the end of last week, after Justice and a almost unanimous vote of the state House approved a 5 percent pay raise, the strike seemed set to end on Saturday.
The West Virginia teachers strike has sparked interest across state lines-teachers in Oklahoma may be going on strike next.
However, it seems after four years of no raise, teachers are not willing to wait any longer for the pay and benefits that would assist with everyday expenses and combat the gap between pay and living expenses that so many working class Americans face.
Because of that, and a handful of other failed bills in the last two to three years, teachers are now actively discussing a strike, on the heels of a statewide strike by public teachers in West Virginia. The state House approved the agreement, but the Senate passed a 4-percent raise instead.
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Gov. Jim Justice chimed in with a statement: "While everyone is focused on the mistakes, my focus is exclusively on getting our children back to school", it said in part. At the state capitol in Charleston, a conference committee has been appointed to resolve the differences between the state Senate and House.
The state Senate passed a bill that they thought would give teachers a 4 percent raise, less than the 5 percent they asked for. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne.
The teacher walkout over pay and benefits in this Appalachian mountain state shuttered classrooms February 22 but shows no signs of an immediate resolution.
"This is very positive", said Tina Workman, a second-grade teacher from Midland Trail Elementary in Kanawha County who has been at the Capitol each day with other striking teachers. A state Department of Education spokesman didn't return an email message. He says visitor access was cut off about an hour later.
By early afternoon, officials said the crowd at the Capitol was so large that there were concerns by Capitol Police and the state Fire Marshal's office.
As West Virginia teachers in all of the state's 55 counties continue to strike, Oklahoma teachers are on the brink of doing the same.
As the labor dispute drags on, students are playing a waiting game - and video games - while trying to keep themselves busy.
In addition to the pay raise plan, Gov. Justice today signed an executive order creating the Task Force on Public Employee Insurance Agency Stability that will begin work next month to create a long-term financial stability plan for PEIA.
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