West Virginia teachers to continue strike over pay, benefits

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A teacher strike over wages and health benefits in West Virginia will continue into the coming week.

Union leaders announced at a press conference Friday in the state Capitol in Charleston that teachers in all 55 counties, it remains work the Monday as a result of what they perceive as inaction by lawmakers and the governor.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says the county school superintendents will be asked to keep schools closed for a third day, because teachers are at the Capitol lobbying the Legislature.

A Ministry of Education spokesman refused to comment. Public Schools Superintendent Steve Paine has said that the work stoppage is illegal and interferes with the learning of students.

Missed class time is automatically added to the end of the school year.

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