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Investigative Reporter Jonathan Humbert and Alex Brauer

I-Team: Unions Not Thrilled With Gubernatorial Candidates

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LAS VEGAS -- A lot of the education budget plan will hinge on support and concessions by state workers and teachers, who are protected by their individual unions. But union leaders say they aren't thrilled with either candidate for governor.

The Clark County Education Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will support Democrat Rory Reid in November. While they aren't happy with Brian Sandoval's plan, that doesn't mean they are completely on board with Reid either.

When Rory Reid says he is proud his plan has rubbed the education community a little bit the wrong way, teacher's union president Ruben Murillo may have questioned what he got into.

"I didn't care for his characterization of his relationship with teachers and the unions," he said.

So explains the tenuous relationship between unions and the candidates for governor. Brian Sandoval's plans for 4-percent pay cuts for state workers and teachers met with a thud.

"All these ideas and with all the cuts that he's going to make, just seems like empty promises," said Murillo.

And because of that, Murillo and other unions like AFSCME have supported Reid.

"With Rory's plan, we're not thrilled with his plan either, but we think that his plan is more well thought out and shows some leadership," said AFSCME spokesperson Vishnu Subramaniam.

Subramaniam's union represents state workers. The back-handed support comes to Reid only because as he put it, state workers can't handle another 4-percent cut on top of furloughs and cuts already in place of 8 to 13-percent.

But Reid wants to reduce the number of state agencies. Those are cuts too.

"State services have been gutted almost to a bare bones level and the kinds of services that he's proposing will once again effect some of the most vulnerable populations in the state," said Subramaniam.

So the unions endorsed Reid. They feel there will be fewer ultimatums.

"I feel that we could work much better with Rory than we could with Brian. With Brian, it doesn't seem to be any kind of negotiation there. It's his way or the highway," said Murillo.

Sandoval's plan does require the unions to come back to the table for concessions. CCEA said it will continue to work with whomever is governor, but Murillo said he will not accept lower pay for teachers.

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