FAIRMONT — After a forum at which state legislators from across North Central West Virginia gathered in Fairmont Saturday with the area’s school personnel, teachers took to the Gateway Connector to hold an informational picket.
“It’s to show our solidarity,” said Allyson Perry, president of the Marion County Education Association. “We’re working together … It spreads our message to the rest of the community who may not be aware of these issues, because teachers and service personnel are aware, but other people may not be. Our message to get out is we want PEIA fully funded, we want an increased salary and we want to save our seniority. Those are the three big things we’re trying to get out to people.”
Perry said that while some in the community may not understand why a picket is necessary, it’s a very important thing for the union.
“For us, it’s a very big deal to have an information picket,” Perry said. “It’s not a work stoppage, but we have to try all of these avenues