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US West Virginia teachers cheer pay hike deal to end walkout

07:06  07 march  2018
07:06  07 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

Schools in 27 counties staying closed Thursday

  Schools in 27 counties staying closed Thursday CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Latest on a statewide walkout by teachers in West Virginia over pay and benefits (all times local):8 p.m.The West Virginia Department of Education says all schools in 27 of the state's 55 counties plan to remain closed Thursday despite an apparent agreement between leaders of the unions representing striking teachers and school service personnel and Gov. Jim Justice intended to end the walkout.The department's list has been growing through the evening even after the House of Delegates voted Wednesday night to approve the 5 percent raises in the deal.The Senate adjourned before considering it and plans to return on Thursday.

(AP) — West Virginia ’s striking teachers cheered , sang and wept joyfully Tuesday as lawmakers voted to give them a 5 percent raise, ending a nine-day walkout that closed The West Virginia teachers , some of the lowest- paid in the country, had gone without a salary increase for four years.

(AP) — West Virginia ’s striking teachers cheered , sang and wept joyfully Tuesday as lawmakers acted to end a nine-day classroom walkout , ceding them 5 percent pay hikes that are also being extended to all state workers. A huge crowd of teachers packing the Capitol jumped up and down

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's striking teachers cheered, sang and wept joyfully Tuesday as lawmakers voted to give them a 5 percent raise, ending a nine-day walkout that closed schools across the state.

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  Striking teachers descend on Capitol to demand pay raises Thousands of striking teachers descended on the West Virginia Capitol on Monday, forcing officials to briefly cut off access to the building six days after Gov. Jim Justice and unions representing the teachers reached an agreement on a 5 percent pay raise that was subsequently rejected by the state Senate.CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thousands of striking teachers descended on the West Virginia Capitol on Monday, forcing officials to briefly cut off access to the building six days after Gov. Jim Justice and unions representing the teachers reached an agreement on a 5 percent pay raise that was subsequently rejected by the state Senate.

CHARLESTON, W. Va . — West Virginia ’s striking teachers cheered , sang and wept joyfully Tuesday as lawmakers voted to give them a 5 percent raise, ending a nine-day walkout that closed schools across the state.

- West Virginia 's striking teachers cheered and applauded Tuesday as lawmakers acted to end a nine-day classroom walkout , agreeing to grant them 5 percent pay hikes that are also being extended to all state workers. A huge crowd of teachers packing the Capitol chanted jubilantly, sang John

A huge crowd of teachers packing the Capitol jumped up and down, chanted "We love our kids!" and sang John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." The settlement came after a crippling strike had idled hundreds of thousands of students, forced parents to scramble for child care and cast a spotlight on government dysfunction in one of the poorest states in the nation.

State schools Superintendent Steve Paine said in a statement he was "pleased that our students, teachers and service personnel will return to school" Wednesday.

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, formally declared Tuesday evening that the "work action was over" after a consultation among local organizers. That group is the largest teacher organization in West Virginia and Lee said all 55 West Virginia counties had stood together, adding, "without them, today's agreement would not have happened."

West Virginia teachers cheer pay hike deal to end walkout

  West Virginia teachers cheer pay hike deal to end walkout West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans reached a tentative deal on Tuesday to end a nine-day statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5 percent raises — and adding similar raises for all state workers while they're at it.Justice said additional budget cuts by his staff will fund the raises. 

All of West Virginia 's public schools are closed for a third day because of a teacher walkout . Educators and supporters gathered at the state Capitol Sunday

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Earlier, Lee had said of the teachers: "We know that they're going to be relieved to do what they love best, and that's taking care of the kids and educating the kids of West Virginia."

The West Virginia teachers, some of the lowest-paid in the country, had gone without a salary increase for four years. They appeared to have strong public backing throughout their walkout.

"We overcame. We overcame!" teacher Danielle Harris exclaimed, calling it a victory for students as well. "It shows them how democracy is supposed to work, that you don't just bow down and lay down for anybody. They got the best lesson that they could ever have even though they were out of school."

Tuesday marked the ninth day of canceled classes for the school system's 277,000 students and 35,000 employees.

Teachers walked off the job Feb. 22, balking at an initial bill signed by Gov. Jim Justice to bump up their pay 2 percent in the first year as they also complained about rising health insurance costs.

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CHARLESTON, W. Va . — The West Virginia teachers ' strike is headed for the history books. Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday afternoon signed a bill Teachers react to news that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans have reached a tentative deal to end a strike by giving them 5

— The statewide teachers ’ strike that shuttered West Virginia schools for almost two weeks appeared all but over on Tuesday when Gov. A crowd of teachers wearing the red T-shirts that have come to symbolize their strike cheered as Mr. Justice, a Republican, signed the pay raise bill in a theater on

Teachers celebrate after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans announced they reached a tentative deal to end a statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5 percent raises in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert Ray) © The Associated Press Teachers celebrate after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans announced they reached a tentative deal to end a statewide teachers' strike by giving them 5 percent raises in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

Justice responded last week with an offer to raise teacher pay 5 percent — a proposal the state House approved swiftly but that senators weren't so eager to sign off on. Instead the Senate countered with an offer of 4 percent on Saturday, prompting leaders of all three unions representing the state's teachers to announce the walkout was being extended.

After a six-member conference committee agreed Tuesday to the new proposal, the House of Delegates subsequently passed 5 percent raises for teachers, school service personnel and state troopers on a 99-0 vote. The Senate followed, voting 34-0.

At a bill signing ceremony after Tuesday's vote, Justice declared victory.

"Today is a new day for education in West Virginia. No more looking back!" he proclaimed, surrounded by jubilant education leaders. "We really have to move away from the idea that education is some necessary evil that's just got to be funded ... toward ... looking at our children and our teachers and education process as an investment ... That's all there is to it."

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The Governor of West Virginia broke news of a deal on Tuesday morning, offering a 5% pay raise to not just 20,000 striking teachers , but for tens of thousands of state employees as well.March 6, 2018.

West Virginia 's teachers are refusing to go to school for a fourth day Tuesday in protest of pay that is among the lowest in the nation. Such statewide strikes are unusual but not unprecedented; West Virginia teachers last walked out in 1990. Most teacher labor disputes start and end at the district

Missed school days will be made up, either at the end of the school year or by shortening spring break, depending on decisions by individual counties. Justice said that would not mean families would go without their summer vacations, however.

Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair said lawmakers will seek to cut state spending by $20 million to pay for the raises, taking funds from general government services and Medicaid. Other state workers who also would get 5 percent raises under the deal will have to wait for a budget bill to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, a Republican, said talks with the governor's office lasted into early Tuesday identifying cuts everyone could agree to.

Justice said additional budget cuts by his staff will fund the raises, but he insisted in response to a question at the news conference that there would be no damaging cuts to Medicaid or programs that help the poor.

Erick Burgess, a teacher from Mercer County, said he was pleased with the salary increase and hoped the teachers' actions in West Virginia would inspire educators elsewhere.

"Teachers seem to be mistreated throughout the country, so we are hoping other teachers and other public employees step up and tell their government they have had enough," he said.

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Associated Press writers Robert Ray in Charleston and Michael Virtanen in Morgantown, West Virginia, contributed to this report.

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