West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said granting a 5 percent raise to teachers in his state after their nine-day work stoppage was not a victory for organized labor.
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The Republican governor made his comments Wednesday on TV’s “Fox & Friends.”
He was asked if the resulting raises were a testament to organized labor and whether similar actions would spread across the U.S.
“I don’t think that would be the case at all,” Justice said. “I mean this was, this was an effort with a lot of us. A lot, a lot, a lot of people that spoke out and spoke out in a positive way to invest in education. This wasn’t necessarily a labor movement at all in my opinion.”
“No one was trying to pound somebody — a round peg into a square hole, It was not that. It was not one side against the other. It was the side that believed that maybe we didn’t have the money to do it, and another side who believed that we should do it and invest in education. It took a while for us to all to get together but this was anything but a labor movement in my opinion.
“I feel great about it. It was a really good day for West Virginians. West Virginia is on the move.”
Justice maintained education should be the focus of his state.
“Yesterday was the day we stepped up to the plate and said education ought to be our centerpiece.”
The Daily Caller said the raises will go out to over 30,000 teachers.
Asked where the money would come from to pay for the pay hikes, Justice said: “We’re growing We’ve got the money and we’re moving ahead.”