Walkout by West Virginia teachers enters 2nd day

Walkout by West Virginia teachers enters 2nd day
From left, Delegate Sammi Brown, D-Jefferson, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association Executive Director Joe White raise their hands as teachers and school personnel celebrate after the House of Delegates passed a motion to postpone indefinitely a vote on Senate Bill 451 at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. during a statewide strike by teachers and school personnel on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.(Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia public school teachers are striking for a second day even though legislation they loathed was tabled in the House of Delegates.

Schools in 54 of the state’s 55 counties were closed Wednesday. The lone holdout again was Putnam County.

Leaders of three unions covering teachers and school service workers say they have trust issues with lawmakers and believe there’s a small chance there still could be further developments with the complex legislation.

One day after the House effectively killed the bill, other legislation is getting attention. This proposal set to be discussed in a House committee Wednesday would boost the pay of teachers, school service workers, and state police by 5 percent.

Last year, teachers and service workers won a 5 percent raise following a nine-day strike.