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Right-to-Work Challenge Hearing Scheduled in West Virginia


A union challenge of West Virginia’s new “right-to-work” law is slated for a court hearing.

A West Virginia AFL-CIO news release says the hearing will take place Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court in front of Judge Jennifer Bailey.

The AFL-CIO and 10 other unions are seeking an injunction to block the law. The law took effect for new and updated contracts starting July 1.

Unions also want their separate challenges combined.

The unions contend the law is an illegal taking of union property and resources. State Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts, a right-to-work advocate, said the challenge was not unexpected.

The legislation allows employees in union shops to opt out of paying union dues. Employees still receive union benefits and representation, whether they pay dues or not.