West Virginia Right to Work Ends Forced Dues


What does the West Virginia Right to Work Bill (S.B. 1) do?

It eliminates the power of labor union bosses to force employees to pay dues or lose their jobs.  Below is the text and here is a link to  the full Right to Work Senate Bill on the West Virginia legislative website.www.legis.state.wv.us Bill_Text_HTML 2016_SESSIONS RS bills SB1 eng.pdf

West Virginia Right to Work S.B. 1 eliminates the current exception to Employee Rights that currently prohibits the right of employees to refrain from union fees.


§21-1 A-3. Rights of employees.

Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities, except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment as authorized in subdivision (3), subsection (a), section four of this article including the right to refrain from paying any dues, fees, assessments or other similar charges however denominated of any kind or amount to a labor organization or to any third party including, but not limited to, a charity in lieu of a payment to a labor organization.

(strikethrough text is text being removed from law) and (underlined text is the S.B. 1 added text)