The Wall Street Journal: West Virginia public-school teachers’ strike ends

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Public school teachers in West Virginia who have been on strike statewide since last week will return to classrooms on Thursday, after reaching a tentative deal that would grant them a better pay increase than the state previously offered.

Gov. Jim Justice announced the resolution of the four-day strike Tuesday evening. He said he would urge lawmakers to give teachers a 5% raise this year and all other public employees a 3% pay increase. He said teachers represented by two major unions had agreed to return to work Thursday.

“The long and the short of it is this, we need our kids back in school, and we need our teachers back in school,” Justice said. He said that Wednesday would serve as a “cooling off day” since some schools had already cancelled classes.

The unions had argued that increases in benefits would outpace prior pay measures passed by the legislature, including one that would have granted teachers a 2% raise this year and a 1% increase in each of the next two years.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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