VIRGINIA: SUPPORT HB 153! SUPPORT WORKERS!
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We call on our legislators to support HB 153, and repeal Virginia’s 1947 “Right to Work” law. Delegate Lee Carter (D) is the Chief Patron of HB 153, which repeals all “Right to Work” provisions in Virginia Code. Delegates Joshua G. Cole (Elect), Patrick A. Hope, Clinton L. Jenkins (Elect), Kaye Kory, Paul E. Krizek, Sam Rasoul, Ibraheem S. Samirah, and Kathy Tran are co-sponsors.
Virginia was one of the first of 28 states to adopt “Right to Work” laws, which prohibit employers from requiring union membership. “Right to Work” does not mean a right to a job, which is a common misconception. “Right to Work” laws were designed to hurt workers by weakening unions and making it more difficult for workers to organize. This is because non-union workers don’t have to pay union dues but, nonetheless, benefit from the collective bargaining agreements that union leaders negotiate for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. This significantly undermines the union’s ability to negotiate, which is why employers fight so hard to keep “Right to Work” laws.
Dr. Martin Luther King said it best:
“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone… Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped.”
Ending “Right to Work” means that unions are strengthened and, in turn, so are the working people who benefit from collective bargaining. “Right to Work” really means the right to work for less, so by repealing “Right to Work” we all win.
This petition will be delivered to members of the hearing committee of the Virginia General Assembly in advance of the January 27, 2020 AFL-CIO lobby day in support of HB 153.
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