(02/28/2018)
All schools in Calhoun will be closed Thursday.

At 10 p.m. all 55 counties continued the stoppage, the teachers and service personnel saying they are unhappy about ambiguous promises to fix the PEIA healthcare problem, which has continued to drain their income.

The state teacher's unions accepted Gov. Jim Justice's offer for a 5% pay increase.

"Collectively it was agreed on by the majority that the insurance fix needs to have equal representation of state employees. The task force will not be created until March 15th with a funding plan and fix due by December 2018," said Calhoun teacher union rep Craig Arthur.

"The pay raise bill passed the house, but it's not on the senate finance agenda for tomorrow. People don't feel comfortable going back to work until they make the legislators accountable for getting the bill passed, and the PEIA insurance task force created," Arthur concluded.

Local president of the WVEA, Jacob McCumbers said local employees took a vote that said "We would continue with the support from Calhoun and show our numbers in Charleston during legislation. We would like to thank all those who have supported us this past week and for them to remember it's for all state employees, not just educators."

McCumbers said the Governor has stated, "There are several possibilities that will be looked at for the revenue we need to solve the PEIA issues once and for all. The possibilities of additional severance taxes on oil and gas, gaming revenue from sports betting, tax dollars being generated from our roads projects, with continuing growth in our economy."


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