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West Virginia governor signs bill to give striking teachers pay raise


Christine Campbell (AFT-WV); Randi Weingarten (AFT)


Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill Tuesday that gives a 5% pay raise to state teachers, school staff and police.

The deal is intended to end a teachers’ strike that has canceled nine consecutive school days across the state. Teachers’ union representative Christine Campbell told CNN she anticipates school will be back in session Wednesday.

Both the House of Delegates and Senate unanimously approved the bill and Justice signed it into law. As part of the negotiations, legislators also agreed to give all state employees a 5% raise during upcoming budget negotiations.

“It took a lot of pulling for everyone to get there,” Justice told crowds of cheering educators at the state Capitol in Charleston. “But we’re there.”