Eyes on the capitol as many wait for lawmakers’ decision


There’s a close eye on the capitol as many wait for lawmakers to make good on a promise from Governor Jim Justice.

Governor Justice and union leaders did reach a deal on Tuesday, including a 5-percent raise for teachers, and a 3-percent raise for all public employees.

The pay raise bill is expected to be introduced on Wednesday.

If for some reason the House and Senate do not follow through on the governor’s promise, union leaders say they will have another work stoppage.

They have until midnight next Saturday, March 10th, to introduce the bill.

Schools across the state are closed today, as Governor Justice called for a “cool-down day”.

Union leaders say it’s a step in the right direction.

“We were very united in this when all 55 counties, for the first time ever, had a statewide work action, or strike, or whatever you want to call it. It’s their voices standing together that made this discussion start to happen, it’s what made the discussion happen today and it’s what made this action,” said WVEA president Dale Lee.

The task force that will look into fixing issues with PEIA will be formed at the end of regular session.

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