By MICHAEL ERB
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Area teachers and service personnel stood in the rain and cold Thursday to protest low pay and dwindling benefits as part of a statewide work stoppage.
Thousands of public employees converged on Charleston Thursday morning to hold protests on the state Capitol grounds, but teachers and service personnel in school systems throughout West Virginia staged smaller events at various locations. Classes at public schools in all 55 counties were canceled Thursday and will remain closed today.
In Wood County, public employees gathered in five locations in the pouring rain as temperatures hovered in the low 40s. Many held up signs demanding issues with the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency be addressed and employee seniority rules be maintained.
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