Morrisey 'prepared to act' in teacher strike

Courtesy: WSAZ

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Thursday his office is ready to act if the statewide teacher strike isn't over soon.

During a news conference about federal efforts to help state government fight the opioid epidemic, Morrisey echoed what he has said earlier about the ongoing strike.

"I believe the work stoppage is unlawful ... it is my agreement the Court would agree with us," he said. "We’re ready; we’re prepared ... Once this office receives authorization, we’re prepared to act."

Morrisey said there are different legal options -- at both the state and the county level.

"We could become engaged on a county level," he said, saying it's "premature to speculate" the exact legal course.

While Morrisey said he believes salaries of state teachers need to be more competitive with other states, he said his job is to enforce the law.

He said the basis for legal action is laid out in a 1990s legal opinion from a prior teacher strike in West Virginia.