Frustrated members of the West Virginia Education Association plan to stage a one-day walkout next week to protest what they consider to be an inadequate pay raise.
A bill calling for the three-point-five percent pay hike has
been approved by the Legislature and is now waiting to be signed by
W-V-E-A President Charlie DeLauder says an uncertain number of
the 17-thousand-members plan to participate in Wednesday's walkout.
He says some of the union members will definitely take action
while others have chosen to remain in their classrooms for one
reason or another.
The decision to stage the walkout came during a meeting of
W-V-E-A local presidents in Charleston today, the final day of the
Legislature's 60-day regular session.
While the union was meeting in a Charleston hotel, hundreds of teachers and school service workers were rallying at the Capitol to
complain about the pay measure passed by lawmakers.
The Manchin administration says that the three-point-five percent increase combined with earlier increases would raise the
base pay for teachers an average of six percent next year.