As the controversial education reform bill continues to work it’s way through the state capitol, school employees have voted overwhelmingly to give their leaders authorization for a statewide work action.
In Flatwoods Saturday, leaders from three West Virginia Unions say state teachers and other public employeess from all 55 counties have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a statewide work action, if needed.
The decision came Saturday, behind closed doors, where leaders from the West Virginia Education Association the American Federation of Teachers West Virginia Chapter, and the West Virginia School Service Personnell Association counted authorization votes from all 55 counties.
“We have heard our members and what they’d like for us to do in the coming days,” said AFTWV State President Fred Albert. “We keep our students in the forefront of this…. this is all about our students.”
They did not specify when or what specific type of action would be taken.
“We need to be prepared for anything that comes along our way,” said WVEA President, Dale Lee.
Lee added, “Parents can expect to be in school, they can expect to keep learning and if it gets to the point that action needs to be taken, they can expect their kids to be taken care of by these same caring educators.”
Union leaders say there is no definite time frame of when and if the work-stoppage could happen but say they are watching the House Finance Committee very closely.
In less that 24 hours from now teachers, parents and other interested parties can participate in two public hearing on the education bill.
They will be held Monday morning at 8 and then another on Monday evening at 5:30 in the house chamber.
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