By JORDAN NELSON
BECKLEY, W.Va. — It was a dreary, cold Saturday afternoon in February 2018 when union leaders in West Virginia announced all teachers and public school personnel would unite in a statewide walkout. The union protest would last nine days as teachers fought for a pay raise and a fix to their insurance coverage.
Gov. Jim Justice would offer teachers and other public school personnel a compromise to bringing the walkout to a close — a 5 percent pay raise and a promise to come up with an answer to their health insurance plan through the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA).
Now, with 2019 on the horizon, teachers may have gotten their raise and a promise for another 5 percent pay hike in the legislative session to commence soon after the turn of the calendar, but there is not yet a permanent fix to PEIA.
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