CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announces teachers will go back to work on Thursday and teachers will get a five percent raise.
Gov. Justice says that they are taking Wednesday as a "cooling off day" because some counties have already canceled school.
According to his proposal, all state employees will receive a three percent raise, and any employees related to education will receive an additional two percent raise.
From further down in the updated article (Governor) Justice's chief of staff says thanks to the president's tax plan, Governor's roadbond and improving GDP - revenue has been up these last two months. So now the state is expected to bring in $58-million more dollars this year. That money will go towards the raises.
$58 million magically found. I think the strike had something to do with that.
The Legislature still has to vote on the raises and there are other issues besides pay. However, I think it is clear that this illegal strike over money where the union held out and got the government to up its offer from 2% to 5% was successful. Educators also are getting 2% more than other government workers.
Can WV now be the go to model to look at on how to do an effective job action?