Law and Politics

W. Va. Gov Says He’ll Veto ‘Right to Work

February 16, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel   

Charleston, VA – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he would veto a “right to work” bill approved by the state House of Delegates Feb. 4. Ten Republicans voted against the measure, which passed by a 54-46 margin.

State Senate president Bill Cole said Feb. 9 that the upper house, which passed the bill on an 18-16 party-line vote, would take it up again “quickly” if the governor vetoes it.  Cole said he would “really personally refuse to allow this to fall into a war on the unions,” although the bill would require unions to represent workers who refuse to pay “fair-share” fees for that benefit, and the legislature has also voted to repeal the state’s prevailing-wage law for construction workers on public jobs. Neither bill has reached Tomblin’s desk yet, but the Republican leadership wanted to pass them early in the 60-day session, because if they’re sent to the governor with fewer than 15 days to go, he can avoid an override by vetoing them after it ends. Read more

February 15, 2016

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