Tyler BOE Passes Resolution
As teachers across the state continue to voice concerns over what they consider to be low pay and out of control health care costs, the Tyler County Board of Education has passed a resolution, supporting its employees.
The board’s Feb. 12 resolution states that the board “fully supports a legislated wage increase for all Tyler County Schools staff AND the passage of legislation to fully fund PEIA (Public Employees Insurance Agency) and/or allow Tyler County Schools to pursue an independent health care option.”
On Monday, the House of Delegates rejected a 3 percent pay raise for school personnel, and instead opted to advance for a floor vote a 2 percent increase next year followed by 1 percent raises in each of the next three years. Teachers also would receive 1.5 percent annual step increases.
The house vote came after many county representatives around the state on Sunday overwhelmingly authorized union leaders to take action in response to concerns over both wages and health insurance benefits, including a potential strike.
Sunday’s vote by public school employees allows the AFT and the West Virginia Education Association to choose action that includes what would be the first statewide teachers strike in almost 30 years.
Meanwhile, the Tyler County Board of Education’s resolution states that the board recognizes the teaching and service staff “DESERVE a competitive wage and the assurance of a functioning, reasonably priced health care system for themselves and their families.”
The Tyler County Board of Education’s resolution also encourages members of the community to join the board in “personally expressing appreciation to our staff for their dedication and devotion to their work through support of legislation leading to a wage increase and insurance funding.”