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Teachers, staff mull future action in wage dispute

Created on:   Mon, Feb 5, 2018   4:12 PM

Last modified:   Mon, Feb 5, 2018   4:13 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — According to information obtained by The Dominion Post, teachers and service personnel in Monongalia County will hold an authorization vote Feb. 6 aimed at gauging local support should union leadership call for statewide action.

The vote, to be held during a special faculty senate session, is tied to frustration over the size of a 1 percent pay raise for public employees recently passed by the state Legislature.

This is not a vote to strike, but instead a sign of solidarity with leadership of the American Federation of Teachers and the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA).

Basically the vote would grant WVEA and AFT leadership to act on the voters’ behalf and “decide when, or not, to take a statewide action.”

The notice goes on to explain that “Mon County will not stand alone and will be under an umbrella of protection if the action is state lead. We are looking out for the best interest of all parties involved.”

It explains that the vote will be held by private ballot through the school district’s faculty senate and notes Monongalia County Superintendent Frank Devono authorized the vote and will announce his support “to ensure all principals comply.”

The results of the vote as well as discussion about possible action going forward will be discussed during a joint meeting between all WVEA and AFT leadership set for Feb. 11.

Any teacher or service personnel who does not cast a vote will be counted as a “no,” according to the special meeting announcement.