Opposition against PEIA insurance spike, pay


West Virginia teachers and service personnel are coming together in opposition to what's happening in Charleston. Hundreds of teachers across the state participated in a walk-in this morning.

The big concerns are a pending spike in PEIA health insurance premiums and a 1% pay increase proposed by Governor Jim Justice.

"What they want to do is combine the spouses' insurance with the worker and base their rate on that and that is not a good thing because your rate would be very very high," State VP for WVSSPA Jerry Ames said.

Jerry Ames is the State Vice President for the WV School Service Personnel Association.

Ames hosted a regional meeting for the public at Wheeling Park High School Friday featuring delegates from the Northern Panhandle delegates Fluharty, Pethtel, Diserio, and Ferro.

They all are asking people to unite and get involved.

"It's a 2.5% increase on the SERT tax, all the gas that goes out of the state of WV, we want to add 2.5% on to that and that would only be given to the PEIA," Ames said.

That would account for health insurance for all PEIA employees.

"That covers service people, teachers, principals, administration, state highways workers, DHHR workers, some state police, municipal employees," Ames said.

Now, local delegates are asking West Virginians to get involved and write to Charleston.

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