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School workers across West Virginia vote to authorize action

By RYAN QUINN

Charleston Gazette-Mail

More than 100 county union presidents and others met for about two hours in a conference room Sunday at a Days Inn near Flatwoods.
(Gazette-Mail photo by RYAN QUINN)

FLATWOODS, W.Va.  — An “overwhelming” proportion of public school employees across the state have voted to authorize leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association state branches to decide on statewide action in response to concerns about pay, health insurance benefit cuts and other issues.

The exact action that may be taken, however, hasn’t yet been decided, the school worker union state presidents said.

The action could include the first statewide teachers strike in almost 30 years. More than 100 county union presidents and others met for about two hours in a conference room Sunday at a Days Inn near Flatwoods. The state leaders of the AFT-West Virginia and West Virginia Education Association unions sat together at the front of the room.

“They’ve been played off each other,” WVEA staff member Ben Barkey said of the two unions, noting it was remarkable to see them together now.

AFT-West Virginia President Christine Campbell said “these votes were authorization votes of employees in the counties” to show what proportion of them are “in favor of authorizing the state leaders to take action if necessary.”

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