Unions Sue Over West Virginia Right to Work


Big Labor’s most recent desperate attempt to keep workers enslaved is a challenge to West Virginia’s Right to Work Law, which just went into effect.  Ashton Marra has the story on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Several labor unions say they intend to sue West Virginia over a recently enacted Right-to-Work law.

The bill makes it illegal for unions to require nonmembers to pay union dues or fees.

The state’s largest labor union, the AFL-CIO, and several other labor organizations, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the United Mine Workers of America, notified the Attorney General’s office by letter Monday that they intend to sue the state over the law.

“First and foremost, we believe it’s unconstitutional per the West Virginia state Constitution because it clearly prohibits the illegal taking of property without due process and compensate and that’s essentially what the Right-to-Work bill will do,” Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Josh Sword said Monday.

“It will require union or force unions to represent people that don’t pay anything into the union.”

According to West Virginia code, anyone who intends to sue the state must send notification 30 days in advance and file the suit in Kanawha County Circuit Court.