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School workers across W. Va. to authorize action


Ben Barkey (WVEA); Christine Campbell (AFT-WV); Dale Lee (WVEA); Kym Randolph (WVEA)


FLATWOODS — An “overwhelming” proportion of public school employees across the state have voted to authorize leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association state branches to decide on statewide action in response to concerns about pay, health insurance benefit cuts and other issues.

The exact action that may be taken, however, hasn’t yet been decided, the school worker union state presidents said.

The action could include the first statewide teachers strike in almost 30 years. More than 100 county union presidents and others met for about two hours in a conference room Sunday at a Days Inn near Flatwoods.

The state leaders of the AFT-West Virginia and West Virginia Education Association unions sat together at the front of the room.