Teacher to skip work in at least 4 West Virginia counties

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Teachers from at least four West Virginia counties are planning a one-day work stoppage to highlight their concerns over pay and health insurance.

Media outlets report public school employees in Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne counties voted Tuesday to stay out of classes Friday. And Mason County schools announced Wednesday its employees also plan to skip work Friday.

Teachers in Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties held a one-day work stoppage Feb. 2.

The House of Delegates passed legislation Tuesday to give teachers 2 percent raises the next fiscal year and 1 percent in the three years after that. The Senate last week approved 1 percent raises in each of the next five years.

Last week Gov. Jim Justice announced health insurance coverage for public employees will be unchanged for the next 17 months.

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