Teachers talk options in Monongalia County

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WDTV)- Teachers in Monongalia County have decided to take a vote on whether or not they want to strike.

The American Federation of Teachers hosted a closed meeting at the senior center where educators could weigh their options. There's talks of strikes across the Mountain State. Teachers and school personnel say it's not just about needing more than a one percent raise. They have concerns about PEIA, rising premiums, pay and what is happening in Charleston.

"Our local legislators, who have their names sponsoring bills, that basically are attacking our workers rights and our seniority. So it really has a lot of people, a lot of teachers, and service personnel on high alert," said Sam Brunett, President of American Federation of Teachers in Monongalia County.

Brunett said many teachers are concerned about what their future will be as an educator in the state. While they decided to hold a vote, there is some uncertainty on how to distribute the ballots.

"We are not just fighting for pay. We are not just fighting for PEIA and all public employees. We are fighting for the respect and we are fighting for a priority because we should be a priority. You have 15 counties in the state that are in crisis," said Heather Deluca-Nestor, MCEA President.