Walkout Cancels Classes in at Least 13 Counties

By: WSAZ & The Associated Press
By: WSAZ & The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Teachers protesting a three-and-a-half percent pay raise as not enough forced the cancellation of classes in at least 13 counties Wednesday.

Union officials say the raise legislators approved last week is not enough to keep West Virginia competitive with the rest of the country, and the education of the state's children is suffering as a result.

Some or all classes were canceled in Berkeley, Boone, Fayette, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Preston and Tyler counties.

Though some teachers who were planning to go to class Wednesday support the walkout, not everyone does.

The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association is telling its members to report to work. The association represents bus drivers, cooks and other school service employees.

West Virginia Education Association President Charlie Delauder says Wednesday's action is the start of a campaign to push the pay raise issue for either next session or a special session this year.

A spokeswoman for Governor Manchin says the governor does not intend to call special session on pay issues this year.

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