AFT-WV, WVEA hold joint news conference; strike described as 'imminent'

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Presidents of the AFT-West Virginia and West Virginia Education Association held a news conference Monday to discuss joint statewide meeting of county leaders on Sunday.

They discussed the next steps on moving forward for the organization.

It happened at the same time as the house debate at the West Virginia Capitol.

Officials say a strike is imminent, saying it's not a matter of if but when it will happen.

WVEA President, Dale Lee, says teachers statewide are "ready to pull the trigger."

He says they "have overwhelming support across the state."

This will be statewide action, officials say.

This comes after weeks of rallies with teachers over the proposed insurance with PEIA and pay raise.