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Teachers unions return to West Virginia Capitol for rally

September 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unions for teachers and school workers have held several rallies across West Virginia seeking to refocus attention toward state employees’ health insurance and issues they went on strike over in spring.

News outlets report the groups met at one rally on Sunday in front of the state Capitol with Democratic legislators and candidates.

American Federation of Teachers West Virginia chapter President Christine Campbell encouraged the hundreds in attendance to consider who they vote for in November. Campbell says they need to vote out lawmakers who wanted teachers to return to work in February.

A petition asking a task force for a solution to reform the Public Employees Insurance Agency by November was also circulated for attendees to sign. The task force has until December’s interim legislative meetings to present a plan.

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