Union Leaders: Teachers’ Strike Continues, All 55 Counties Will Be Closed

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK/AP) – Union leaders say teachers will be striking again tomorrow, and they expect all 55 counties to be closed again tomorrow.

They made the announcement Tuesday night that the walkout will continue Wednesday.

“Where we ultimately want to be is our classrooms so we’re hoping we can get tomorrow overwith and the bill is not brought back,” Danielle Loehr, third grade teacher. 

The Republican-led House voted earlier to indefinitely table a complex education bill that the unions oppose.

“Cooler heads prevailed here in the House of Delegates and we shut down Senate Bill 451,” said Del. Andrew Robinson, (D) Kanawha. 

Without being specific, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says the unions believe there’s still a small chance there could be further developments with the legislation.

“Our members have told us loud and clear, that they don’t want to leave anything to chance,” said AFT-WV President Fred Albert. 

West Virginia School Service Personnel Association Executive Director Joe White says that although the unions’ trust in the House has been somewhat restored, there is no trust in the Senate leadership, which has tried to rush the bill to passage.

White says “we’ve got to stay out one more day to make sure that this is a dead bill tomorrow.”

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