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West Virginia teachers hold local rallies on first day of walkout

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Teachers, school personnel, and other state workers are holding rallies in communities across the West Virginia on the first day of staged walkout. 

Schools are closed Thursday and Friday in most districts. State workers Tell WVVA the planned walkout is over pay, increased cost of health benefits, issues with insurance coverage, seniority, and more.

One sign in Raleigh County read "Fix PEIA, "$4 a week is no raise!"  More than 200 picketers have lined-up on Mercer Street in Princeton.  Rallies are also being held in Bluefield, Hinton, and Welch.

On Tuesday, The WV House of Delegates voted to adopt a multi-year pay raise bill for teachers, school service personnel and state police. But workers say the legislation doesn't do enough. Click here to read more about the legislation.

Hundreds of teachers and public workers are taking their complaints directly to lawmakers at the Capitol in Charleston/. Look for a report from WVVVA's Annie Moore on WVVA News at noon.

Click here to send us a photo from a walkout in your community. 

The Facebook video below is from Cassie Smith at rally in Hinton.

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