March 06, 2018

Manchin Statement on Deal to End WV Teacher Strike

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the announcement that the West Virginia Legislature has finally come together in agreement on a teacher and public employee salary increase proposal, which was introduced by Governor Justice and embraced by educators, school service personnel and a bipartisan group of legislators, that will allow students and teachers to go back to the classroom.

“This is great news for West Virginia students, educators and all state employees. I applaud the Governor, and Democratic and Republican legislators for coming to this solution. And I thank our teachers and school service personnel, who absolutely are to be credited for this milestone – by standing up, standing strong, and keeping our state’s young people at the forefront of this fight. I have always said that our priorities should reflect our values and this compromise illustrates that West Virginia’s children are our priority. This is a solid investment in West Virginia’s education system and all of the services our state employees provide which includes our law enforcement officers. This goes hand in hand with West Virginia’s economy and our efforts to create jobs. We have put our state back in play.”