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WV Teachers Strike: Ohio County Schools officials cancel classes on Monday


The Intelligencer of Wheeling

WHEELING — As teachers and school employees across West Virginia plan to strike for a third day on Monday, state Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine said officials are considering “legal action” regarding the work stoppage.

Ohio County officials decided late last night to close schools on Monday. Ohio County Board of Education President Zach Abraham on Saturday expressed frustration with the matter, which involves teachers and school service workers picketing in protest over four issues: pay, fully funding the Public Employees Insurance Agency, seniority issues and what’s known as the paycheck protection act, which, if passed, would require employees each year to approve union payments being deducted from their checks.

“I just don’t understand what their long-term plan is, and what solutions they are wanting. What is the gain in this? And what do they want to accomplish? They seem to have no plan, and nothing that they are asking for,” Abraham said of the striking workers.

County superintendents from across West Virginia participated in a conference call with Paine Saturday, during which administrators contemplated their response to the walkouts. …

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