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Wood County teachers, service employees on the picket lines


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Wood County Schools teachers and service personnel stand in the pouring rain Thursday morning along Blizzard Drive in south Parkersburg, the first day of a two-day statewide work stoppage to protest low pay and dwindling benefits.
(News and Sentinel photo by Michael Erb)

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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