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March 8, 2018

2018 West Virginia teachers' strike is headed for the history books...

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Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday afternoon signed a bill delivering a 5 percent pay raise to public school teachers — and extending to all state employees — ending a contentious strike that shuttered schools in West Virginia for nine days.

The deal, passed unanimously by both houses of the state Legislature earlier in the day, will send 20,000 teachers across the state away from the picket lines and back into classrooms.

It's the first salary increase in four years for state educators.

Wayne county teachers at the state capitol this week.Wayne county teachers at the state capitol this week.

"It's a historic day," Dale Lee, the president of the West Virginia Education Association, told NBC News. "It's West Virginia finally investing in education instead of just funding it."

Locally, teachers are celebrating as well.

Joetta Hatfield, a teacher as well as Mayor of Fort Gay, was estatic.

"I'm very proud of our 55 counties that stood strong during this tough fight for a little better wages and health benefits, which was deserved and long overdue," Mayor Joetta said.

"Also during this strike there were no arrests, no destruction of property and no injuries. Now that's a Class ACT!," Ft. Gay's most energetic leader in decades added.

 

 

 

 

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+1 #5 Whatever... 2018-03-12 19:43
Citizen..."but what do I know?" Apparently, you know very little. Ok, so they "called" it a strike. I call my you-know-what a sledgehammer, but I still can't break rocks with it.
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-4 #4 Citizen 2018-03-10 00:50
Quoting Whatever...:
You must be one of those who see teachers as some sort of second-class lifeform, lesser beings than yourself. No legal actions will be taken. The county boards closed the schools, so technically no one was "on strike".



I am a School employee too so I know what it is and it is a STRIKE That is what they called it and I will say I am for the Teachers and other State workers getting what they deserve and this is important to US but when it is All said and done You watch they will be LEGAL ACTIONS when You mess with Government Money They will get back every penny they spend out but what do I know?
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+4 #3 Hey 2018-03-09 19:00
If Ky stays united like WV did they can get positive results. The people who legislate and serve as lawmakers are concerned about votes more than bringing legal action against people who exercise their rights as Americans. The time is right Ky. Better unite.Power lies in numbers.
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+3 #2 Whatever... 2018-03-09 16:03
You must be one of those who see teachers as some sort of second-class lifeform, lesser beings than yourself. No legal actions will be taken. The county boards closed the schools, so technically no one was "on strike".
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-3 #1 Citizen 2018-03-08 22:42
These Teachers are Laughing right now but they will Not be when LEGAL ACTION gets a hold of them because Like Kentucky and All other states it is ILLEGAL to Strike or Walk out as these Teachers call it It is ILLEGAL for anyone working for a School System to Strike and I am All for Better Pay and Better Insurance but You have to go at it in a Different way these Teachers think they have done something but they Better be Gearing up for some MAJOR Legal Action Towards them and then they Will Not be Laughing but the sad Part is Kentucky I am Afraid Will be Next to do This
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