Monongalia Teachers to Lose Pay for Sickout

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A judge has cleared the way for Monongalia County schools to dock the pay of about 70 teachers who apparently took part in a sickout earlier this month.

After a 45-minute hearing Wednesday in Circuit Court, Judge Robert Stone refused to issue an injunction that would have stopped the district from withholding one day's pay.

Superintendent Frank Devono says the money will be taken out of this week's paychecks.

The American Federation of Teachers and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association had sought the injunction.

They argued unsuccessfully that requiring a doctor's excuse that day was a violation of the district's policy manual. They also argued the district should ask employees why they were off work before withholding wages.

But Devono says the employees were warned ahead of time that excuses would be required.

About 300 employees failed to report to work March Sixth, many to protest low pay.

Teachers eventually won a three-and-a-half percent raise from state legislators, but teachers unions say that's not enough.

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