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Union leaders give update on progress made in West Virginia teacher walkout

By ANDREA LANNOM and WENDY HOLDREN

The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — All counties canceled plans for teachers and service personnel to return to work Thursday, despite union leaders saying they believe the best course of action is for teachers to return to school.

American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia President Christine Campbell, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee, and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association Executive Director Joe White said they were in meetings throughout Wednesday and hosted a press conference to update progress made since Tuesday night’s announcement from the governor.

Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal called for a 5 percent pay raise for teachers and school service personnel and a 3 percent for state employees. Upon receiving revenue estimates on Wednesday, the House of Delegates suspended procedural rules and passed an amended version to include West Virginia State Police in the 5 percent raise. The vote was 98-1.

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