By Jean A. Flanagan
At just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, Governor Jim Justice signed HB 4145 into law. The legislation, passed by the House of Delegates, amended by the Senate and finally approved by a Conference Committee, increased the base salary of teachers, service personnel and West Virginia State Police troopers by 5 percent. The Governor’s signature ended the longest teacher work stoppage in West Virginia history. It began on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Justice signed the legislation flanked by elected officials, teachers and service personnel union officials and in the presence of cheering teachers,