The WV BOE meets today ( 1-13-21) at 11 AM and will discuss the return to in-person instruction. AFT-WV President Fred Albert planned to speak before the Board to present the results of our member survey, outline the union's concerns and share letters and emails detailing the concerns of our members. Unfortunately, the WV BOE is not allowing delegations to speak due to meeting virtually; delegations were asked to email their remarks if they had intended to speak. To view the results of the member survey and recommendations sent to the BOE, click here.
After a meeting this morning with our attorney, AFT-WV intends to file injunctive action against the WV Board of Education, the West Virginia Department of Education and several county boards of education in order to protect the health and safety of school employees.
The union applauds the Berkeley County Board of Education for their bold leadership and encourages other boards to follow suit and exercise their legal right to make decisions for their counties.
Additionally, AFT-WV will file an amicus brief in support of any county board of education that continues to assert their legal right to
AFT-WV responded to the decision rendered today by Judge Carrie Webster in Kanawha County Circuit Court regarding the union’s efforts to protect the health and safety of school employees until they could have been fully vaccinated:
“Obviously, we are disappointed by the judge’s decision to deny the temporary restraining order; we were hoping to secure time for our members to become fully vaccinated and protected during in-person instruction. However, we are respectful of the process and the opportunity to have the concerns of our members heard before the court. AFT-WV still believes these
Today, AFT-WV filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and the community in West Virginia.
Specifically, AFT-WV seeks a temporary restraining order and/or injunctive relief to enjoin in-person teaching in Kanawha County until all education employees have the opportunity to have the second vaccine which is scheduled to be provided in the first and second week of February.
AFT-WV also seeks to protect and affirm the important role of local boards of education in protecting the health and safety of the community and their