CHARLESTON, WV – In a partisan vote, today the the West Virginia legislature voted to override Governor Tomblin’s veto of the “Workplace Freedom Act,” commonly known as “right to work.”
Mark Federici, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, issued the following statement:
“Every West Virginia State Legislator who supported passing this bill should be ashamed of themselves.
“Bills like this bring lower wages, fewer benefits and more dangerous workplaces to every place that it is passed. It is a sweetheart deal for corporations that’s going to be paid for by everyday West Virginia families.
“The bottom line is ‘right to work’ will make it much more difficult for hardworking men and women to earn better wages, secure family-supporting benefits, or ensure proper safety in the workplace.
“This unfair law is nothing but a special-interest scam to lower the wages of workers so that corporations can enjoy larger profits. The UFCW Local 400 union family understands that people deserve better than partisan bills backed by out-of-state billionaires.
“We will continue to hold our elected leaders accountable to our members and voters. We will fight every single day to help hardworking people push beyond the limits of this legislation to find the better life that they deserve.”