The West Virginia State Senate passed right to work legislation on January 21, 2016 by a vote of 17-16. The legislation prevents unions from collecting dues as a condition for employment. This is a huge setback for the unionized construction industry in our neighbor the State of West Virginia.
Just days after the vote, the West Virginia State Assembly passed a repeal of prevailing wage on public construction projects by a vote of 55-44.
Both pieces of legislation must pass through the other chamber of the state legislature and then to the Governor’s desk before it becomes law. The Governor is expected to veto both pieces of legislation, but an override would only take a simple majority.