Charleston, W.V. – The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) is celebrating 50 years with an invitation-only birthday reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 7:30 in the evening on Friday May 1, 2015. Over 200 guests are expected, including founder Kenneth Legg, and WVSSPA delegates from around the state. During the celebration, a staff member from the Office of the Governor will be proclaiming September 25, 2015, as West Virginia School Service Personnel Day. The celebration will continue with the annual spring assembly on Saturday May 2, 2015. Service personnel will cover various topics including legislative updates, PEIA changes and member mobilization.
In order to provide an organization dedicated to the needs and concerns of service personnel, the WVSSPA was established in 1965, by visionary leader Kenneth Legg. For the past 50 years, WVSSPA has been front and center on issues affecting service personnel.
Since its founding, WVSSPA has worked to provide improved benefits and better working conditions for service personnel. Additionally, many legislative improvements have been achieved through the efforts of WVSSPA including greater job security, health and safety protections and increased salary and benefits.
In 2008, WVSSPA was recognized as a fully autonomous local affiliate with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFT-WV. Together, WVSSPA and AFT-WV represent about 15,000 education employees in West Virginia.
The WVSSPA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to create a deeper sense and knowledge of the importance of a good educational system for West Virginia, and to advance the interest and welfare of service employees. Affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO, the WVSSPA is an 8,000-plus member strong union organization dedicated to school service personnel. The WVSSPA is a democratic organization comprised of members who actively participate in developing programs and policy. The association values democracy and independence, and recognizes the importance of actively raising awareness on issues important to school service employees in West Virginia.