© 2021 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WVPB News

Legislature Requests Study on Right-to-Work

Chamber_16x20small.jpg
West Virginia Legislature

State Republican legislative leaders are asking for additional study into the economic impact of a potential right-to-work law in West Virginia.

A news release Wednesday says Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead requested the research on March 6. It will be completed by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research later this year.

This year's right-to-work 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 would have benefitted from the union representation.

GOP leaders say the proposal is dead this year.

Twenty-five states have similar laws. GOP Gov. Scott Walker just signed one in Wisconsin this week.


WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.