W.Va. Unions OK Possible Work Action Against Education Bill

Education Committee Chair Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, speaks with Finance Committee councel Jeff Johnson and analyst Chris DeWitte during a recess as state senators convene for only the fourth time in state history as a Committee of the Whole to discuss a comprehensive education bill at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.
Education Committee Chair Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, speaks with Finance Committee councel Jeff Johnson and analyst Chris DeWitte during a recess as state senators convene for only the fourth time in state history as a Committee of the Whole to discuss a comprehensive education bill at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.
—Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP
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Flatwoods, W.Va.

Union leaders say West Virginia teachers and other public employees have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a statewide work action if needed against complex education legislation making its way through the Legislature.

Leaders of the West Virginia Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers' West Virginia chapter, and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association announced the vote Saturday in Flatwoods. It did not specify when or what type of action would be taken.

The Senate passed the bill Monday. The House education committee made significant changes before approving its version Friday and sending it to the House finance committee. Both versions would give teachers 5 percent pay raises. Teachers oppose some other provisions in the bill.

West Virginia teachers won 5 percent pay raises following a nine-day strike last year.

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