Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

States Employees Need Right-to-Work ; Change Is Required for Growth and Progress in W.Va

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

States Employees Need Right-to-Work ; Change Is Required for Growth and Progress in W.Va

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West Virginia is used to making history. Since that fateful stroke of President Lincolns pen in April of 1863, West Virginians have written more than their fair share in Americas history books. As the page turns to 2016, West Virginia is once again on the brink of making a noble change for freedom that will send ripples throughout the country.

West Virginia is ready to say Yes! to individual workers, Yes! to job providers, and NO! to tired, forced compulsory unionism. West Virginia needs workplace freedom.

According to figures by the Department of Labor, the special interest agendas and policies embraced by labor executives in our state are clearly hurting individual union workers and their families.

The West Virginia union membership rate in 2014 dropped drastically; 10.6 percent of the workforce from 12.7 percent in 2013.

Meanwhile, that same year the right-to-work state of Indiana added 50,000 union members tying for the state with the most new union members in 2014.

It is unlikely that you will hear that important statistic from labor leaders.

It doesnt take much to find out why. A recent report shows that due to the policies of the Obama Administration, West Virginias workers have been devastated. Since 2009, 332 coal mines have closed resulting in the loss of over 9,700 jobs roughly 35 percent of the coal industrys total employment in the state.

Yet, through all of these damaging actions by the misguided Obama Administration, the United Mine Workers of America continues to funnel and spend workers dues in support of the very same political agenda that is plotting the demise of mining jobs in West Virginia.

A workplace freedom law in West Virginia would go a long way to holding union officials answerable and accountable to their workers. Those officials would simply have to sell their services to workers instead of forcing financial support.

Competition, instead of a monopoly, always makes organizations better and stronger. Unions are no different.

Unlike the questionable rhetoric you may be hearing from union executives now, a workplace freedom law does not change or affect collective bargaining in anyway.

Unions can and do organize and collectively bargain the same as they did before. …

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