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Senate vote on teacher pay fails

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The latest effort to give West Virginia teachers and other public workers a raise has failed in the state senate.

The latest proposal, an amendment to increase teacher salaries by three percent, failed by a vote of 12 to 22 in the West Virginia Senate.

Hancock County educators were in a training session at the John Rockefeller Vo-Tech Career Center as the news was breaking.

Governor Jim Justice proposed a 1% raise. The 3% proposed increase failed as negotiations for health insurance and higher pay continue with the governor's office and the legislature.

"Our number one thing is to keep safe our children should there be any sort of walk out or work stoppage, or a strike. If that occurs, we want to make sure have a plan in place to take care of that should that occur,” Superintendent of Hancock County Schools, Tim Woodward said.

Woodward says the likely scenario for a deal is to have a compromise between PEIA insurance premiums and salaries.

With that amendment failing to pass, Logan and Mingo County teachers are reportedly going on strike tomorrow for at least one day.

In the meantime, the threat of a strike by teachers in Hancock County is relatively low, at least right now. The President of the Hancock County Education Association, Melanie Donofe, tells News9 there is an informational meeting next Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at Weirton Elementary.

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