National Right to Work Committee Issues Statement on WV Senate Passing Right to Work Bill
The West Virginia State Senate’s passage of a WV Right to Work bill is a strong step toward freeing West Virginia workers from compulsory unionism
Springfield, VA (January 21, 2016) – Today, Mark Mix, President of the 2.8 million-member National Right to Work Committee, issued the following statement regarding the West Virginia Senate passing the West Virginia Right to Work Bill (SB1) :
“This is a great day for the hardworking men and women of West Virginia. The Senate’s support and passage of the West Virginia Right to Work Bill is an important step in the hard-fought battle to end compulsory unionism in the Mountain State and make West Virginia America’s 26th Right to Work state.
“A West Virginia Right to Work law would free thousands of West Virginia workers who have been forced to pay tribute to a union boss just for the privilege of getting and keeping a job so they can provide for their families. The law would also provide a much needed economic boost for West Virginia.
“A West Virginia Right to Work law would not prevent any worker from joining a union; it would only prevent union bosses from requiring workers (even those who are not union members) to pay a union fee as a condition of employment.
“The time has come for West Virginia to join the ranks of the other 25 Right to Work states in America. It’s time that no West Virginia worker is required to pay any union dues or fees just to get or keep a job.”
The adoption of a West Virginia Right to Work law would make West Virginia the fourth state in the past four years to outlaw forced unionism. Indiana (2012), Michigan (2013), and Wisconsin (2015) have all recently passed Right to Work laws.
The National Right to Work Committee, established in 1955, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to the principle that all Americans must have the right to join a union if they choose to, but none should ever be forced to affiliate with a union in order to get or keep a job. Its web address is NRTWC.org.