‘Compulsory Unionism Is as Unpopular as Ever in the
Boosted by ample Big Labor money and manpower flowing into
their campaigns from out of state, union-label Democrat politicians have seized
control of the Virginia General Assembly.
Almost as soon as the November returns were in, vocal
proponents of forced unionism, whose views are shared by only a small minority
of Virginians, immediately began calling on incoming legislative leaders to
seize the chance to destroy the Old Dominion’s 73-year-old Right to Work law.
As this National Right to Work Newsletter edition went to
press early in December, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) was refusing to give a straight
answer to questions about whether he would sign legislation eliminating
Virginia employees’ treasured freedom to get and hold a job without bankrolling
an unwanted union.
National Right to Work Committee Vice President John Kalb
“Clearly, Gov. Northam knows that the army of Big Labor
political operatives who invaded Virginia last year, financed primarily with
forced-dues money extracted from employees in the 23 states where such coercion
is still permissible, made the difference in helping his party take over the
“He undoubtedly hopes he and his fellow Democrat politicians
will continue to benefit from the union bosses’ campaign largesse in the
“That’s why, at a meeting last July with state AFL-CIO chief
Doris Crouse-Mays that was secret at the time, Mr. Northam was reportedly ready
to discuss a ‘potential rollback of right-to-work,’ along with other Big Labor
“But Mr. Northam also clearly knows compulsory unionism is
as unpopular as ever in the Old Dominion.
“That’s why he is desperate to prevent any forced-fee scheme
that may come up in the 2020 legislative session from being exposed as repeal
of the Right to Work statute that has been on the books since 1947 and has long
enjoyed bipartisan support in Richmond. In this dangerous time, freedom-loving
Virginians must prepare for an all-out fight.”
Vocally Supporting RightTo Work Helped 2019Candidates Win Close Races
Mr. Kalb noted that, even though GOP candidates in the Old
Dominion faced a hostile political climate, a number of those running in
challenging districts prevailed thanks in part to their unabashed support for
Right to Work.
For example, state Sens. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico
County) and Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach) defeated Big Labor-backed opponents
in districts lost by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016 and GOP
gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie in 2017.
In House races, pro-Right to Work Dels. Roxann Robinson
(Chesterfield County), Dave LaRock (Loudon County), and Glenn Davis (Virginia
Beach) won despite being outspent by union boss-favored candidates.
For months prior to the fall elections, the National Right
to Work Committee, which is based in northern Virginia, contacted legislative
candidates, urging them to complete and return a candidate survey.
‘Cautiously Optimistic’Right to Work Law CanBe Defended This Winter
The survey specifically asked candidates to “oppose all
efforts to weaken or repeal Virginia’s Right to Work law,” as well as other
bids to grant new monopoly privileges to Big Labor.
“Thanks to the Committee’s candidate survey and our
extensive efforts to mobilize citizens, freedom-loving residents of districts
with closely-contested races were well-informed about where their candidates
stood in November,” said Mr. Kalb.
“Consequently, even though union-label Democrats Dick Saslaw
and Eileen Filler-Corn [both Fairfax County] will respectively be Senate
majority leader and House speaker this year, Big Labor lobbyists may not be
able to collect sufficient votes to ram through a Right to Work destruction
“Thanks to Committee members’ generous support for our 2019
candidate survey and citizen mobilization, Right to Work Virginia is already
girded for battle against Big Labor if and when a campaign to push
forced-unionism legislation through the General Assembly is launched.
“The vast majority of rank-and-file Republicans, Democrats
and Independents from all walks of life and all regions of Virginia understand
it’s just plain wrong to force any employee to bankroll a union he or she
doesn’t want, just to get or keep a job. I’m cautiously optimistic their common
sense will carry the day.”