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Berkeley, Jefferson stand together amid statewide walkout


The Journal

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Teachers and other public employees across the state went demonstrated Thursday and today as expected, making it the first statewide work stoppage to hit West Virginia schools in nearly 30 years.

Across Berkeley County, hundreds of teachers settled outside of school grounds. At the forefront, employees protested concerns about the rising PEIA health care costs overtaking annual pay-scale step increases.

Teachers say those raises would be swallowed up by premium hikes and benefit cuts from PEIA.

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