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Charleston, WV - After a second round of mediation today between the affected parties, a tentative agreement has been reached to settle a dispute regarding wages and benefits of school employees in Boone County. The case stems from the Boone County Board of Education’s decision to eliminate the county salary supplement for teachers and service personnel in 2016.

Representatives of all parties are currently finalizing terms of the agreement, which then must be universally approved. The details of the settlement will be addressed by the Boone County Board of Education on or before February 3


UPDATE: Due to comments from educators and the public, the state superintendent has indicated that he will recommend keeping the graduation credits the same. However, comments are still needed regarding the proposed change in the definition of a lesson plan. 


At its December meeting, the WV Board of Education voted to put revisions to Policy 2510 on public comment. The Board has proposed changing the graduation requirements for social studies credits. The policy would change the number of social studies credits required for graduation from 4 to 3 and allow students to instead take other


Classroom supplies aren’t the only thing you need to prepare for the upcoming school year. Making sure your AFT membership is in order should be at the top of the list!

You may be thinking, “I’ve already signed up as a member; I’m all set.”

While joining the union is the best move you can make to protect your professional rights, it’s important to make sure your membership stays active or to notify us of important changes.

Use our helpful checklist to ensure you are always protected by your AFT-WV membership!

  • Check your pay stubs to ensure your dues are being deducted. It is the member’s

In West Virginia, school employees do not have collective bargaining rights.  Your rights can change or be completely eliminated during a legislative session.  AFT-WV monitors policies and lobbies at the legislature on behalf of all school employees.  The number of members we have and member activism is what gives us strength, and the strength of our union is what gives us the power to protect your rights, and advocate for the profession and public education. 


These are a few of the things controlled by state law and/or state board policy:

  • PEIA
  • hiring procedure

During the union’s Constitutional Convention held in Charleston, longtime AFT-Kanawha leader Fred Albert was elected president of AFT-West Virginia.

A 29-year veteran of the profession, Albert taught math at DuPont Middle School in Kanawha County before being elected president of the union.

He is a highly decorated educator, earning numerous accolades over the years.  He was named the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Middle School Math Teacher of the Year for 2018, Kanawha County Teacher of the Year for 2016 and was one of the six finalists for the state Teacher of the Year


Grant Prillaman, an AFT member and Spanish teacher at Washington High School in Jefferson County, traveled to Puerto Rico to volunteer in the ongoing recovery efforts of the island. 

More than a year after Hurricane Maria, there is still much to do. However, the AFT is helping provide resources for families, children and schools in numerous communities.

Prillaman traveled from West Virginia to Puerto Rico to work with Operation Agua, a partnership between Operation Blessing International and the AFT.

Click the link to read Prillaman's experience, in his own words.


Summary of PEIA Plan Proposal for FY 2020

(July 2019 – June 2020)

The PEIA Finance Board has released its Proposed Plan for the next fiscal year. Below is a synopsis of the plan. While plan changes appear minimal, AFT-WV is analyzing these proposals and will address any concerns at the public hearings.

  • Third Party Administrator Change
  • UMR, a UnitedHealthcare company, is the new TPA
  • Effective 7/1/19 for all our active and pre-65 populations
  • UMR is the nation’s largest TPA with 2,800 customers and 4.5M members
  • Currently UMR serves 559 state and public sector customers
  • PEIA is UMR’s largest customer
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