Raleigh County.,WV (WOAY) – The statewide work stoppage is occurring today and tomorrow.
All 55 counties in West Virginia were not in school today. Instead of lounging around the house or running errands teachers, parents and even students from local counties took to the streets to rally against the PEIA rates and low wages.
Throughout the day teachers chanted, “What do we want? Fully funded. When do we want it? Right now.”
Just yesterday Governor Justice signed a legislation that will provide all teachers a 2% raise this July followed by a 1% in 2020 and 2021.
Adrian Wilson a mother of four Raleigh County students adds that, “Governor Justice had said two percent and for three years one percent. Now he’s changing it to two for two years one so he’s actually gone down on what he’s suggesting.
Now due to the circumstances of having no school it has left some students upset.
Crescent Elementary Student Brigid Slack-Shrewsburyi said, “Most kids would be excited but I’m honestly disappointed because if it’s a snow day I’m excited but since it’s our teachers not getting enough pay I think they deserve more.”
Although getting a increase in wages is an important issue state-workers add that the main goal is to get PEIA fully funded.
“Teachers are not getting what they deserve and I know they do so much more than they could ever actually get paid for but they don’t deserve a pay cut and the changes in PEIA will actually cause a pay cut,” Wilson adds.
West Virginia schools will continue to be out on Friday as well. Several state workers told Newswatch that they are prepared if this work stoppage needs to last longer.