West Virginia Senate nixes vote on striking teachers' raises
CHARLESTON, WV (AP) -
With West Virginia's public schools closed for the seventh straight class day from a teachers' strike, the state Senate Republican majority has refused for the second time to vote on legislation to give them a 5 percent pay raise.
Hundreds of teachers and supporters, including students, are rallying at the Capitol for the settlement negotiated earlier this week by Gov. Jim Justice and union leaders including the raise.
Teachers are protesting pay that's among the lowest in the nation, rising health care costs and a previously approved 2 percent raise for next year after four years without one.
The Senate's 20-13 vote leaves the bill in its Finance Committee, which has begun drafting a budget for the next fiscal year.
The Republican-controlled House passed it 98-1 on Wednesday.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
While Republican West Virginia legislative leaders rammed a right-to-work bill into law this year, unions and business groups spent almost $1.8 million altogether battling over the policy. Grassroots campaign...More >>
In public, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry gave speeches about honesty and integrity in government. But federal prosecutors say in private he was raking in money by defrauding others. FBI agents arrested...More >>
Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete...More >>
Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.More >>