By Sahid Fawaz

WVHA.com reports:

"The West Virginia Supreme Court has thrown out a preliminary injunction that was blocking implementation of the right-to-work law in the state.

In a opinion issued Friday, the high court ruled that the unions failed to establish they would prevail in court. Multiple states have right-to-work legislation.

The court’s ruling reversed a preliminary injunction issued in Kanawha County Circuit Court that stopped the implementation of West Virginia’s right-to-work law. Unions have argued the law is unconstitutional because they believe it is unfair to unions and union members. The state argues the law is fair because it protects workers who do not want to join or pay dues to a union.

The case pitted West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the state against the AFL-CIO.

Now that the court has overruled the preliminary injunction, the case will now head back to circuit court to conduct a final hearing on the merits of the parties’ various contentions.

The West Virginia AFL-CIO issued a statement from the organization’s president, Josh Sword on the state Supreme Court’s decision:

'Today’s Supreme Court ruling pertains solely to the preliminary injunction issued by Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey that postponed enactment of the right to work law while she considers her final ruling.

As stated previously, we maintain that this law violates provisions of the West Virginia Constitution that prohibit the taking of property from unions and their members without just compensation or due process. When a majority of employees in a workplace, through a democratic process, vote to unionize, federal law requires unions to provide services to all employees, whether or not they choose to participate in that union.'"

For more on this development, read the full story at WVHA.com.

 

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+3 #4 Anne Herdt 2017-09-18 13:43
Nice to have the right to work, how about the right to be paid a decent salary, to have safe working conditions? Health care? A Pension? A fair shart of the wealth created? The right to work should not mean signing away your other rights, but you will find that it does. American labor has not fought for these rights to see them stupidly denied. ...by voters, courts, public opinion.
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+6 #3 David McLaughlin 2017-09-17 17:06
Sorry day for the workers in West Virginia. Soon your wages will be like those in Trump's workshops overseas.
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+6 #2 J. Notarianni 2017-09-17 11:35
Congratulations West Virginia. You just took the 2nd step to taking the title "poorest state in the country" away from Mississippi.
Your first mistake, was believing djt was going to bring your coal jobs back.
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+1 #1 James W. Larkin 2017-09-17 01:15
Sounds about right for West Virginny.
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