West Virginia Teachers' Strike Pays Off
For the past nine days, West Virginia’s teachers have participated in a statewide strike that has shut down public schools to demand better pay and health insurance relief, and on Tuesday the state House and Senate passed a bill giving all state workers, including teachers, a 5 percent pay raise. West Virginia has among the poorest paid teachers in the country, with salaries averaging about $45,000 a year. Mitch Carmichael, the president of the conservative state Senate, told the strikers that a state task force would address their health insurance woes. He also stated that revenue for the raises would come from budget cuts, but did not go into detail. With this bill passing, it appears school will be back in session.
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