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Gov. Jim Justice Defends Raise For Teachers And Claims It Wasn’t A Union Shakedown

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice claimed big labor had nothing to do with him signing a 5 precent raise for over 30,000 teachers in order to end a nine day strike across the state, Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”

Justice was asked if the deal is a sign of a resurgence by the labor movement and if Americans should expect to see similar bargains across the country.

“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.”

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“No one was trying to pound somebody — a round peg into a square hole,” he continued. “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.”

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