Governor Jim Justice’s campaign issued the following statement regarding the American Federation of Teachers (AFT-WV) endorsement announcement in the gubernatorial election.

“Governor Justice is a champion for West Virginia educators and students. As a commonsense businessman, he campaigned on the commitment to make education our centerpiece. Unfortunately, the AFT-WV would prefer to engage in political games and support his opponent instead of acknowledging the good partner they have in Governor Justice. He led the charge for the largest back to back teacher pay raises of any governor. He has invested in our schools, funding programs like Communities in Schools and Reconnecting McDowell, and improved education opportunities and wraparound services to achieve a brighter future for West Virginia’s teachers and students.

“Governor Justice will continue to make education our centerpiece. Teachers, students, and parents will always have a champion in him. Even though this union decided to engage in partisan politics, Governor Justice remains committed to ensuring our students have access to a world-class education system in West Virginia,” said Roman Stauffer, campaign manager for Governor Jim Justice.

The quotes below are what AFT-WV’s leadership said about Governor Jim Justice’s achievements before they were forced to engage in partisan politics:

 

  • “Gov. Jim Justice says he would veto the bill as written and advised the Legislature to just deal with a clean teacher pay raise bill for now. We thank him for putting policy over party.” – Fred Albert, President of AFT (American Federation of Teachers)-West Virginia (Source).
  • “Today’s decision by Governor Justice is one step in the right direction for the hardworking educators, school service personnel and public employees of West Virginia.” – – Christine Campbell, former President of AFT (American Federation of Teachers)-West Virginia (Source).
  • “This is refreshing. We know the Governor has been talking about it, but this actually feels like walking the walk and saying we do want to keep teachers in West Virginia.” – Christine Campbell, former President of AFT (American Federation of Teachers)-West Virginia (Source).