Right-to-Work Push Legislation Dead this Session

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The push to make West Virginia a right-to-work state is dead this session.   That’s according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael.

The proposal would have made it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine, to require workers to pay dues to a union. It wouldn’t have applied to federal workers.


Employees who don’t pay dues still benefit from the union representation.

Twenty-four states have similar laws. Michigan and Indiana passed theirs in 2012. Wisconsin lawmakers are currently tussling over the reform.

Carmichael said lawmakers are “still in the evaluation phase” regarding right-to-work. The bill hasn’t been considered in a committee yet this session, which ends March 14.

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