Hapney also expressed concern about the anti-union movements against public employees in states like Wisconsin and Ohio.
"We also represent some state employees. Mr. Maloney didn't even bother to fill out our questionnaire. Earl Ray did."
Judy Hale, president of American Federation of Teachers' West Virginia chapter, said its Tomblin's willingness to speak to people that makes him the better candidate.
"He has always been someone we could talk to. He may not have always agreed with us, but he would always listen," she said of Tomblin, referring to his being a state senator and Senate president, acting as governor.
"As Senate Finance Committee chair, Tomblin was very conservative. But as a result, we have not had any teacher layoffs here like in other states. And we were granted a pay raise last year. That is very different from many of our colleagues around the country. He is very fiscally responsible," Hale said.
Ken Hall is president of Teamsters Local 175 based in South Charleston, which endorsed State Treasurer John Perdue in the gubernatorial primary.
"We supported John Perdue because he has always been a friend of ours. We have no regrets," Hall said.
"After the primary, I talked to Earl Ray Tomblin for a hour and a half. His ideas about what he should be doing are not that different from what I think. I have always said the governor shouldn't totally favor the business community or totally favor labor.
"You need a balance if you want to increase jobs in the state. That is what this is about," said Hall, who also is international vice president of the Teamsters.
"His positions are totally in line with ours, trying to attract more corporations to move here.
"And he doesn't support right-to-work legislation, which is very divisive. Wages and benefits are significantly lower in right-to-work states."
"Under Tomblin's leadership, West Virginia has had a surplus that is the envy of almost all states in the United States," Hall said.
Elaine Harris, international representative for the Communication Workers of America in West Virginia, said, "Bill Maloney represents what is going on around the country -- an attack on public workers in states like Wisconsin and Ohio."
The CWA backed House Speaker Rick Thomson, D-Wayne, in the primary, but is actively supporting Tomblin today. Maloney also failed to fill out a CWA election questionnaire and did not meet with union members.
Harris expressed concern about the possibility Maloney would consider cutting federal funds for West Virginia's schools.
"That is the biggest thing that concerns me," Harris said. "Thank God for Senator [Robert C.] Byrd. We miss him. He took good care of us. If Maloney is elected, that is very worrisome."
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