More Than 2,000 Teachers and School Employees Attend Rally for Pay Raises and PEIA

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | February 06, 2018
 
By Alex Wiederspiel
 
Hundreds of educators and service personnel rallied at Robert C. Byrd High School on Monday night, receiving updates and encouragement from teachers and local union representatives — and discussing their demands.
 
Greg Phillips, who teaches at RCB and is the vice president of the Harrison County Education Association, said the top priority for teachers, service personnel, and public workers is fully funding the Public Employee Insurance Agency.
 
“What we want is for it to be fully funded in a way that doesn’t reduce our paychecks,” Phillips said. “That’s the biggest thing.”
 
They sang. They chanted. They listened to their peers. They heard from at least five local representatives in Charleston — including three Democrats and two Republicans. At times, it was too loud to know what anyone was saying.
 
“It was impressive,” Phillips said. “Especially Lewis County showed up in great number. Every county that touched Harrison except for Wetzel was here, and we even had somebody from Preston County.”
 
Turnout included representatives from Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Lewis, Doddridge, Upshur, and Barbour counties. Phillips and an assortment of other speakers said they would fight for a four percent pay raise for the next five years — a direct shot at S.B. 267, which the state Senate unanimously passed increasing teacher pay by one percent for the next five years.
 
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