Right to Work is WRONG for West Virginia

rtw_is_wrongThe West Virginia Senate, for the first time in nearly 40 years, is attacking working people by introducing a trick-titled “right to work” bill in the legislature. “Right to work” is WRONG because it is an unsafe and unfair attack on workers’ rights, good jobs, families and the middle class.

  • It is unsafe because it makes it harder to collectively bargain for life-saving equipment, staffing and other safety issues for the brave men and women that protect us, like nurses and first responders.
  • It is unsafe because it takes away the professional voices of those we trust to take care of our children and families, such as nursing home workers and head start teachers.
  • It is unfair because it lets a small number of workers game the system and cheat by not paying their fair share dues at the expense of employees who work hard and play by the rules.
  • It is an attack on workers’ rights because the worker loses his or her voice to speak up in the workplace by being stripped of collective bargaining rights. Workers will be intimidated into losing their freedom of speech to point out potential safety issues regarding products, equipment, manufacturing and other problems.
Think about this. Kathy McCormick, our Executive Vice President, when asked about why “Right to Work” is Wrong, said: “When was the last time that billionaires spent millions of dollars to give you more freedom in the workplace? It’s just not true.”
“Right to work” is wrong for working and middle class families, it is wrong for West Virginia, and it is wrong for all of us. Don’t trust it!
Communities thrive and grow when West Virginians have good paying jobs. Let’s stand up together and stick together for a decent standard of living.
In Solidarity,
Becky Williams, President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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