Unlike a previous 5 percent pay raise that was backed by Mr. Justice and the State House of Representatives, the deal reached on Tuesday had the support of Mitch Carmichael, the president of the more conservative State Senate. Mr. Carmichael said it would probably lead to painful cuts in other parts of the state budget; another Republican senator, Craig Blair, said in a conference committee that Medicaid would be among the areas cut.
“These things come at a cost,” Mr. Carmichael said.
The State House moved swiftly to take up the new bill, and passed it unanimously before noon; the State Senate soon followed suit. Both chambers are controlled by the Republicans. The governor was expected to sign the bill later on Tuesday.
Dale Lee, the president of the West Virginia Education Association, one of the state teachers’ unions, said the deal was enough to get teachers back to the classroom once legislators enacted the raise.
“It appears the strike will end,” Mr. Lee said after the deal was announced, adding, “I’m expecting the kids to be back some time this week.”
In addition to raises, the teachers have also demanded some relief from sharply rising health insurance costs. The governor has promised to address that issue through a state task force.
Danielle Harris, a third-grade teacher from Fayette County who was protesting at the State Capitol on Tuesday, grew teary as Mr. Justice announced the deal.
“Maybe our voices are being heard, finally,” Ms. Harris said. “These strikes aren’t for nothing.”