Thousands rally in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Teachers and public employees are planning a statewide walkout this Thursday and Friday. The announcement was made at Saturday's rally at the capitol building where they continued to protest low pay and projected hikes in health insurance costs.

A crowd of thousands made up of teachers, school personnel, law enforcement, state employees, and community members from across the state gathered on the front lawn of the capital building to protest low pay and hikes in health insurance costs.

Rally speakers included local educators, a state trooper, members of the United Mine Workers of America, and representatives from the American Federation of Teachers.

Public employees are asking lawmakers to fully fund the public employees insurance agency and to increase their pay.

Teachers say everyone, not just public employees, should care about PEIA funding because it affects the future of the Mountain State.