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UPDATE: A Deal Has Not Been Reached, Strike Continues

UPDATE: A Deal Has Not Been Reached, Strike Continues

UPDATE: 3.3.2018 @ 10:45 P.M.

The Senate conferees are Ryan Ferns, Craig Blair and Robert Plymale. The Delegates are Anderson, Espinosa, and Boggs.

The Conference Committee will meet and try to come up with a compromise to put and end to the strike.

We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.

 

UPDATE: 3.3.2018 @ 10:25 p.m.

Senators & Delegates will now try to work out compromise to the teacher pay raise: The Senate refused to recede and appoints a conference committee for HB4145.

The Senate has adjourned until Monday morning at 11:00 a.m.

We will update as new information becomes available.

 

UPDATE: 3.3.2018 @ 10:05 p.m.

The West Virginia House of Delegates issues a Refuse to Concur - To Senate amendment on HB4145 - Increasing the annual salaries of members of the West Virginia State Police, public school teachers and school service personnel.

We are back to an impasse & the teacher strike will continue.

We will update as the latest information becomes available.

 

UPDATE: 3.3.2018 @ 9:50 p.m.

Bill Amended and Passed - HB4145 - Increasing the annual salaries of members of the West Virginia State Police, public school teachers and school service personnel.

We will update as new information becomes available.

 

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) -

UPDATE: 3/3/2018 7:30PM

The Senate voted 21-13 to pass a 4% pay raise for teachers, service personnel and state police. This dropped the House Bill proposal by 1% or approximately $13.4-million. The amendment to the bill was introduced by Senator Boso in the Senate Finance Committee Saturday afternoon. The amended bill now goes back to the House for approval. The House can either concur or turn the bill down, but there is a chance the House could amend the bill and send it back to the Senate.

Union leaders say the teacher strike is back on for Monday.

 

UPDATE: 3/3/2018 5:35pm

Union leaders tell 13 News that the if the West Virginia Senate approves the Finance Committee's amendment, the strike will continue.

 

 

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UPDATE: 3/3/2018 5:25pm

The West Virginia Senate Finance Committee has passed an amendment to a bill to give teachers, State Police, and service personnel a four percent pay raise.

The Senate Finance approved the amendment by a vote of nine to eight.

The amended House Bill 4145 will now go to the floor of the Senate.

 

 

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UPDATE: 3/1/2018 12:00pm

The West Virginia Senate says it will not take up and vote on the pay raises for state employees and teachers passed by House of Delegates last night.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael says that the focus must be on PEIA.

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UPDATE: 2/28/2018 11:00pm

While teachers continue to strike, lawmakers are scrambling to pass a pay raise for teachers and state employees. The House of Delegates passed a pay raise bill that now goes to the Senate. But some teachers say there is still to much uncertainty.

The House bill passed Wednesday night 98-1 to give teachers a 5% raise and other state employees a 3% raise.

"I'm excited. I just hope that the senate will pick it up and do the same," Webster County Technology Integration Specialist Deb White told 13 News. 

"I think I speak for the whole group when I say we're very excited to have the support of the House and we would like to see the same from the Senate," Wyoming County math teacher Lori Leather added.

The amended bill was introduced to a skeptical House Finance Committee. Committee members wanted to know where Governor Justice got his $58-million revenue projection announced Tuesday night. Many feel it's an unrealistic number, but ultimately they took the Governor at his word. The bill was passed by the committee, and then the full House.

"We believe the best course of action is to return to school tomorrow, however we realize not everyone will," WVEA President Dale Lee said in a press conference.

Union leaders say the House's vote and Governor's Executive Order to develop a PEIA task force, gives them faith that lawmakers will follow through on the Governor's promises. 

But not all teachers are convinced.

"I want to be back, I want to be in. But I don't also want to back down. I'm worried but I want to see the kids, I want the kids to be happy," White explained.

All school districts have closed as a precaution, and some teachers say they're not going back until there is movement on the PEIA task force.

"It was never about a pay raise for me personally. So I would like to see movement with PEIA regarding that issue and then I would be able to say more-so if I'm ready to go back to work or not," Leather told 13 News.

Union leaders say now that the strike is over, if schools reopen and teachers don't go back- they could be subject to legal action.

The PEIA task force will first meet March 15th. They'll provide periodic updates during the interim sessions and a final recommendation in December.

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UPDATE: 2/28/2018 6:55 P.M.

The WV House of Delegates has voted 98-1 to pass the teacher pay raise bill. 

 

 

The bill will now head to the Senate. 

ORIGINAL:

The West Virginia House of Delegates Finance Committee has passed an amendment to give teachers a five percent raise and all other public employees a three percent raise.

The amendment to House Bill 4145 will now go to the floor of the House of Delegates for a vote.

 

 

This is the same raise that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice proposed last night.

Hundreds of teachers were still at the Capitol today saying they want a permanent fix to PEIA.

Governor Justice  and  Dr. Steven Paine, the West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, said tomorrow teachers are expected to be back in school, but protestors have threatened to come back tomorrow and Friday.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


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