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    Default West Virginia prepares for a 2016 RTW fight

    And it is obvious the fight is not going to end no matter what state you live in.
    The defeat of so-called right-to-work (RTW) legislation in West Virginia earlier this year was a historic and symbolic victory for union members. Despite the entire state Legislature being run by Republicans for the first time in decades, the opposition from workers proved too overwhelming for a vote on the chamber floor.

    Thousands of West Virginia Teamsters joined with their brothers and sisters – a coalition of workers made up of all stripes, trades and union affiliations – in protest of the anti-worker legislation. Their voice grew so loud that RTW proponents in the Legislature grew wary of a floor vote early on in the session; consequently, the bill seeking to turn West Virginia into RTW state died a slow committee death as more than 8,000 workers rallied on the steps of the Statehouse against the measure.

    But another push in 2016 was all but certain. Many delegates were openly admitting they would be pushing harder during the next legislative session. Senate President Bill Cole publicly called for RTW to be on next year’s legislative agenda. Cole, a candidate to succeed Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, hopes to frame the narrative early on this time around to catapult him into office. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
    West Virginia prepares for a 2016 RTW fight |Teamster Nation

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    Rick Wilson: Right-to-work law would hurt workers, weaken labor unions in West Virginia
    One piece of legislation likely to be considered in West Virginia in 2016 is misleadingly called "right to work," or RTW. It really has nothing to do with that right but a lot to do with targeting all working families. It's more like "right to work for less."

    According to current law, if most eligible workers in a private-sector job vote to join a union in a National Labor Relations Board election, all belong.

    And all benefit from wages, benefits, conditions and representation in grievances that membership provides. RTW would weaken unions and ultimately all workers by allowing some to benefit without contributing.

    So why care? Consider the following:
    Rick Wilson: Right-to-work law would hurt workers, weaken labor unions in West Virginia | Opinion | herald-dispatch.com

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    Teamsters, West Virginia Workers Stand Strong Against Right to Work

    (CHARLESTON, W.Va.) – Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall joined hundreds of labor union and community members at the State Capitol today to voice their opposition to right-to-work legislation introduced today in West Virginia. Delegates are expected to move forward on the measure as early as tomorrow.

    “For years, out-of-state corporate interests have made billions on the backs of hardworking West Virginia families. Now, they’re attacking the one thing that has protected us—our union contract,” said Hall, who also serves as president of Teamsters Local 175 in South Charleston, W.Va.

    As Hall spoke, hundreds of workers crowded around the rotunda holding signs that said, “Not in My State.” The rally took place prior to the State of the State address.
    https://teamster.org/news/2016/01/te...nst-right-work

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    Awaiting court input, WVa Senate set for right-to-work vote

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - As their majority hinges on an impending state Supreme Court decision, West Virginia Republican senators are teeing up a vote on right-to-work legislation.

    With no fanfare Wednesday, the GOP-led Senate moved the right-to-work bill into position for a vote Thursday.

    Their ability to cement right to work into law depends on an upcoming Supreme Court decision on whether a Democrat or Republican should fill a Senate vacancy.
    Awaiting court input, WVa Senate set for right-to-work vote - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

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    New WV Senator Sworn In; Right-to-Work Passage Guaranteed
    "It is. It's a very exciting day, it's a wonderful day. I just can't believe I'm here," said State Sen. Sue Cline (R) Wyoming.

    But despite all the pomp and ceremony, the new Senator knows there's a lot to get done.

    "Going forward, we just need to move our state forward. We need to do some things to get jobs for our people,and get everybody up and working, and get everybody going. We're just tired of being last," Sen. Cline said.
    Republicans now have enough votes to overturn a promised veto from the Governor on Right-to-Work legislation. But Democrats insist, it's a bad bill.
    New WV Senator Sworn In; Right-to-Work Passage Guaranteed - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

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    Passionate words from public over Workplace Freedom Act

    Ridiculous!
    “Workers should fundamentally have the right to join and be associated with any private organization which they like or to NOT join any organization they like,” said speaker Keith Pauley. “We would never allow an employer to require joining other private organizations, like the Catholic Church, or the Boy Scouts, or the Red Cross, as a condition of their employment.”

    Union leaders however were vocal in their opposition. Chad Francis, a member of the United Mine Workers, read a statement into the record from UMWA President Cecil Roberts.

    Francis told the panel the union’s members and even those who are not members of a union have benefited from union contracts.

    “Because of the contracts we’ve negotiated, working Americans enjoy and eight hour work day, 40 hour work week, health care benefits, retirement benefits, better education for our kids, and safer and more secure jobs,” he said.
    WV MetroNews – Passionate words from public over Workplace Freedom Act

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    Gov.’s promise to veto right-to-work bill faces override

    CHARLESTON — Senate President Bill Cole, lead sponsor of the bill to make West Virginia a right-to-work state, said Friday, he’s certain Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto promise will have an equal and opposite reaction.

    Override.

    “While I’m not surprised that Gov. Tomblin plans to veto both the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act and the bill to repeal the prevailing wage rate, I fully respect his right to do so,” Cole said. “The Senate will vote to override the governor’s vetoes at the appropriate time.”

    Cole said he believes both Tomblin and the Legislature want to do what is right for the state and “to help our struggling economy.”

    “We simply disagree on the steps needed to achieve that goal,” Cole said.

    The bill passed both chambers of the Legislature after hours of debate in committee and on the floor.
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    Default Re: West Virginia prepares for a 2016 RTW fight

    Of course!

    The Koch Connection to W.Va. RTW Efforts
    “Before the legislature takes away the right of working families to earn a fair living working at a safe job, those families deserve the right to vote on it.

    The Center for Media and Democracy pointed out that West Virginia’s RTW and prevailing wage bills were based on legislation proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, an organization funded by the Koch brothers.

    The CMD pointed out that West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole (R) is a member of ALEC. Cole recently attended a private conference, closed to the public, hosted by the Koch Brothers in Palm Springs, Calif. in late January.
    https://teamster.org/blog/2016/02/ko...va-rtw-efforts

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    Default Re: West Virginia prepares for a 2016 RTW fight

    Obama's war on coal has cost thousands of good high paying union jobs in West Virginia. Result: West Virginia becomes the 26th right-to-work state with the hope of a U.S. or foreign company considering a plant in the state. Down with coal in a coal state, screw the union jobs. Obama's EPA hates union coal miners

 

 
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