CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 66 percent of West Virginia’s registered voters support the creation of a right to work law in West Virginia, according to a new poll from Mark Blankenship Enterprises conducted on behalf of Americans For Prosperity – West Virginia.

“It tells me people are ready for change,” said Wendy McCuskey, state director for AFP West Virginia, of the poll’s results. “People want jobs in West Virginia and I think right to work is the jobs bill.”

On Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” McCuskey said the poll showed three in five respondents backed the idea. In that poll, the support was highest among Independent voters, at 77 percent, followed by Republicans, at 70 percent, and Democrats, at 60 percent.

A total of 28 percent of voters said they opposed such a proposal.

A right to work law would prohibit any requirement that a person become or remain a member of a labor organization as a condition of employment; prohibit a requirement that any dues or fees be paid to a labor organization and prohibit any requirement that a person contribute to a charity instead of paying dues or other fees to a labor organization.

The proposal does allow for exceptions for federal employers and employees, employers and employees covered by the federal Railway Labor Act, employers and employees on exclusive federal enclaves or where there would be another conflict with, or preempted by, federal law.

Critics of right to work bill have called it an “attack on unions” and argued current law already offers sufficient protections for workers who choose not to join unions.

According to MBE Enterprises, the following question was the first of several questions asked about Right To Work of 403 registered voters between Jan. 27 and Jan. 29:

Several states have what is known as a right to work law or open shop law which lets workers keep their job in a company regardless of whether or not he or she joins a labor union. Would you support or oppose passing a right to work law here in West Virginia?

McCuskey said they asked the question three different ways. “We wanted to make sure we got a good sample of explaining the issue, using the statement ‘right to work,’ and talking about what it is.”

Currently, 24 states have Right To Work laws. “They have the fastest growing economies,” said McCuskey. “West Virginia wants to be 25th. We want to grow. We want prosperity. We want more opportunity.”

She said the poll results should send a message to lawmakers. “It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing and this is a jobs bill,” McCuskey said.

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  • Michelle Biery

    who did they poll???? Certainly not hard working WV residents that have been struggling to stay at least middle class. This issue is going to kill what little hope most people have to keep their heads above water. I can't believe we voted in these people thinking they would help us when all they are doing is killing us. I feel for every hit the american people take our representatives should take a pay cut. I know I didn't vote them in for this crap. Give us a break already!!

  • jonsie

    amen
    Thats right it will take us back a century, this is a way to have control over the workers!

  • jonsie

    amen

  • jonsie

    whoever did the poll were inaccurate for sure, and not to be trusted! Right to work is Right to work for less! The name is very misleading!

  • jonsie

    amen Bill, Amen! Right to work means Right to work for LESS!

  • Denise

    I think you need to take a closer look at "Right to Work Laws". We all have the right to work. This law degrades employees while upholding big business profits for big business. The workers will get a just barely living wage and no protection from unscrupulous employers. If WV is so hostile to business, why did Toyota bring a plant to WV?, why is P&G planning a move to Berkley? Maybe because they believe workers require and deserve a living wage and have no qualms about workers rights being violated. I would love to know who the poll surveyed. I would bet it was registered Republicans and probably business owners who resent not being able to keep more profits for themselves. This is no longer a Democratic society. It's all big business and piss on the workers and taxpayers. Thank the Unions for your living wage, your 40 hour week, protection from greedy employers, and the right to file a grievance when an employee has been wronged. All that goes out the window with "right to work laws".

  • Martinsburg Resident

    Marion has lost the debate... Name calling Liberal! Ha ha ha...

  • Marion

    OPEN YOUR EYES!!!

  • Marion

    Hey FOOL ! right to work = WORK FOR LESS !

  • Marion

    Hey squatch. You make it sound like all unions are bad. I have been in the Union for 25 years. Been shop steward for 21 yrs. have filled out 10 legitimate grievance forms in that span. 45 union employees. Not too bad in my opinion. We work well together between union and the company. It gives all of us an equal playing field. Keeps both sides honest for the most part. Have members been terminated,wrote up? Yes. Did they diserve it ? Yes. Fair wages. Good benefits? Yes but could be better. Would we have what we have without a union? Not a chance. Right to work = WORK FOR LESS ! PERIOD !

  • tuck

    Just what we need...low paying, no benifit jobs...I can see prosperity washing over our state now...we must accept less so the corporations will come here and bless us with all those thousands of jobs that Right to scab...excuse me...work will bring!

  • tuck

    You're right, they did...and unions are how they did it!
    Read about the labor history of this country.
    There would be no middle class without unions.
    The big corporations don't pay living wages and improve saftey standards out of the goodness of their corporate hearts!

  • tuck

    It would be interesting for you to tell everyone what companies and where these non-union sites are instead of making claims that aren't backed with any fact! The only reason non-union workers make the wages they do is because unions have set the standard!

  • tuck

    You're a complete moron!! You really have no concept of the real world! If you're so unhappy here and think so little of your fellow West Virginians...MOVE!!

  • tuck

    In the bank accounts of the robber barons who have been raping this state for 200 yrs.

  • tuck

    Who do you think enforces these labor laws? Why do you think there are labor laws?
    Because of unions!!
    Maybe you should actually research your statments before you make them!

  • Ray Ferguson

    Don't think this is a good idea , we've already been where right to work would take us , just remember the coal miners , the company stores being paid with company script , that's where right to work will take us , maybe your to young to know about Matawan .

  • Eugene Jarvi

    if you leave pay scale and benefits up to the descretion of company owners only....they would pay minimum wage with no benefits. The right to work bill allows the company owners to do what they want. And you can see the results of that right in front of your face. The unions have been gradually losing ground and because of that just look at what has happened to wages and benefits in the last several years. The unions are needed now more than ever. I have worked both Union and non Union construction work for almost 40 years. My experience is that the union shop are the best to work for. The wage scale, benefits,and working conditions are better with Union contractors. I do believe this whole issue is backed by the Koch brothers and their puppets, the Republican Party. The Koch brothers do contribute to charity but it is a spit in the ocean for them and it provides them with a good image. I say again....we need strong unions now more than ever. Walter Reuther did the job in the 1930s and it is needed again even if it involves the conflict that he faced at that time.

  • Bill

    First of all. I do donate to charity. And most union members do to. And at least i can say i made an honest living for myself. I wouldn't say the same for the Koch brothers. And WV isn't even considered a strong union state if you look at it by membership numbers so your argument doesn't hold much water. Many people cross state lines each day to work at union jobs also. Im concerned about the whole state, even non union workers. And i keep trying to explain that to you but your just not getting it. Apparently you never watched the video.
    I'm not even in a union now. But i have worked for non union and union companies and in right to work states. So i have seen the difference for myself. I don't have a problem with non union workers if they don't want a union. Unions are for workers that need it. Not every company does. Some treat their employees good and thats great. It seems like your only reading one part of my comments and ignoring the rest. I think we should be supporting the few good paying jobs we have here, not destroying them. This bill is meant specifically to hurt workers rights. I dont know how that makes u think i only care about myself when im trying to defend hard working tax payers and their rights for better pay, treatment and benefits.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    I think you are missing the point. How many people leave this state every morning to go to work in a right to work state where they have a legitimate chance of actually getting a job. How many companies are just busting to get into WV with it's socialist history and mountain roads.
    I think you are just concerned about yourself. The majority of private employees have to leave
    so you will be satisfied. Not much different than the govt. jobs. Evidently you like to say Koch Bros. Yep, the people who give more to charity in one day than you give your whole life.

  • KM

    Silly me, I thought hard working, responsible AMERICAN'S built this Country.

  • Bradley

    I don't trust who conducted this poll. How can MetroNews consider this ethical journalism?

  • Bill

    Your missing the point I was trying to make. Even non union workers like the ones you are referring to get hurt by right to work laws when the market gets flooded by undocumented workers. Watch the video I was telling you about and see for yourself.
    Unions aren't telling non union small business how to pay their employees. And you make it sound like telling an employer that you have rights is a bad thing. Sometimes that is necessary. You forget why unions started in this country. Your totally oblivious as to how many companies still treat their employees in this country. I could take up this whole page with stories of how billion dollar companies lay off workers just to be able to raise the stock price or take away their hard earned benefits just to give bonuses to high level management. And thats what the Koch Brothers want to be able to do with this legislation. Big companies like the Koch Brothers are scared of unionized workers because they know that union workers will stand up for themselves protect each other. Many people have died even for those rights.

  • Marion

    Steve I have worked in a union shop in a right to work state. it causes too much turmoil within the shop. Workers need to be focused on the job at hand. It does not work out very well. Unions built this country! PERIOD!

  • Ole Sasquatch

    You damn snot. He would not be in business if he did not hire cheaper labor. How do you think small business can make it, when smart people like you tell them how much they got to pay. Ain't no business person gonna pay any attention to smart people like yourself.
    The nerve trying to tell decent folk who make this country work how to do and when to do.

  • Bill

    Your right, Democrats did hold you back. They held you back from your own stupidity. And you should be thanking them for it. Because look what happens when you finally get your chance to do something useful. You immediately attack the class of workers in this state that pays the most taxes. Yeah. Thats real smart. Your just rolling out the red carpet for undocumented workers. Do a search on youtube for illegal immigration in Northern VA. You'll find a video of a non union REPUBLICAN licensed painter that is investigating construction companies coming in and picking up illegal aliens for work and taking jobs she wants. This is just the Koch Brothers getting what they paid for in WV. If you think this will only effect unions your sadly mistaken. 90% of the worst ranked states are right to work states.

  • Jeff J.

    Typical response from a brainwashed union guy who pays dues to the union boss to do his thinking for him. Workers at non-union sites of employers who have both union and non-union locations have better benefits, more employee input on safety programs, and earn higher wages. If you want to be in a union, fine. But don't force someone else who does not believe in them to finance your poor choices.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    ... and to think the Democrats have held us back all these years.
    ... yes employers should have the right to hire and fire. Can you imagine having a business, taking a lifetime risk and your employee telling you - you can't fire me and by the way I have all these other rights too. Well, if that's the way they want it - they need to go into business for themselves and learn how things work. Believe me they will have an attitude correction. The problem is most of these govt. workers have never been subjected to the real world.

  • Kenny

    There were republicans but democrats held the majority for 80 + years. Surely you understand the difference from having Republicans in office vs republican majority?

  • Kenny

    Democrats have ran WV for 80+ years and we are at the bottom of just about every metric. Maybe you should WAKE UP!

  • Kenny

    WV has prosperity and wealth? Where is it?

  • Paul

    There is NO NEGOTIATING if you are nonunion. That what the union is for. If you are nonunion you take it or leave it.

  • Paul

    Right to work... for less wages, no pension, no benefits! Right to be fired. Naturally if you take a poll in a state that has high unemployment, these figures would have these results. Give a poll for RIGHT TO EAT in a village that is starving and what do you thing the results would be. Sure if you don't tell them they get to eat poison and stuff that will harm them. RIGHT TO EAT sounds GREAT. Don't be fooled by this RIGHT TO WORK BS!! It is a right for the corporations to get richer. If you want a right to work. There are 24 right to work states, you have the RIGHT TO MOVE!! UNION ALL THE WAY, EVERYDAY!! THATS MY RIGHT!!

  • Lee

    anna you are such a dumb a--.

  • Mark

    The article states 66% support "Right To Work."
    What it fails to mention are the percentage of supporters that have no idea what the legislation actually is.

  • hw

    why in the world would you want to work in a union job if you don't believe in unions.

  • hw

    try to use labor laws in a nonunion job and you will be looking for the next nonunion job.

  • Darren

    I doubt that many support it if they knew everything about it. Let me guess lol "no support in Right to Work means you're just like Obama" lol then everyone supports it ?

  • Big AL

    If unions aren't consumed by greed, why is it you can join at anytime but can only get out 1 time a year which means you have to pay dues all year long and get hassled if you want out and threatened of consequences if you proceed to leave. It is laughable at how the unions and there minions are reacting to something like the boy who cried wolf. Guess what, people are wising up and realise that we are wasting money on unions by not having competition for jobs and state contracts. Unions can bully themselves in and out of contracts the way the law currently is.

  • Thomas Malcolm

    right to work = right to work for less. Less money, benefits, workplace safety.

  • Big AL

    Union workers didn't build this country. There was no such thing as a union when this country was being built. Unions were formed in the early to mid 1900's to try to make working conditions better for workers. Federal laws now protect workers from the things unions fought for back many years ago. They were good at one point in time but your unions are the reasons that American made products hardly exist anymore because they are paid more than they should for the job they do. If you want an American made car, you have to buy Toyota and correct me if I'm wrong they are built in WV. The unions don't want the Right to Work passed because then they cannot require the higher wages to perform jobs because there will be competition for jobs, they will then have to compete for jobs which is good for everyone because then allocated state money for contracts can go to other things like fixing roads. I used to work for a state agency in WV and the unions were always pressuring us to join and did very little to do anything to help out the working environment or working conditions. This law will help out the little guy trying to make an honest living. Unions are similar to government, they make you pay dues similar to taxes and get little in return. Unions are now crying wolf because there meal ticket has run its course and they don't like not feeling as important as they think they should. We are in the year 2015 not 1930. Everything has its place and time and Right to Work should be passed and unions are a thing of the past. All of the unions I have dealt with, you can join at anytime but can only get out at certain times which is usually once a year, how is that right?

  • Martinsburg Resident

    if you don't understand what my comment has to do with Right to Work, you are part of the problem! Explaining further would be foolishness to you and only serve to confuse you more... Good day!

  • Will

    All of the southern states (except KY) have right to work laws. Could it be that their economies are the "fastest growing" because of other circumstances not related to the RTW law? For instance, their population is also growing because they are in the "sun belt" and many have been moving there for years. Then out in the Midwest you have ND as a RTW state. But is their economy growing because it is a RTW state or because they found vast amounts of oil? I would say the latter. All I'm saying is you cannot assume one single factor is the reason for a result as complex as "fastest growing economies" and I think it is silly for politicians or others to imply that it is that simple.

  • Honest Reply

    This isn't government interference, genius. This is allowing people to choose. Period. I'm sorry you are not capable of seeing things beyond the scope of your simple existence. If I thought you could I would explain it. Things aren't as direct as you think.

  • anna

    Unions are archaic and are no longer needed to protect the American worker. There are plenty of labor laws on the books these days to protect American workers. Unions supported the election of the current President who is ignoring the Constitution and the laws of our great land. What a big mistake you made, almighty unions.

  • Steve

    It's my understanding that this is about choice for the individual. It doesn't stop someone from joining a union if they want to. It also allows a person to not be in the union if they so desire. That's OK. I've heard some say this is the case now but I can assure you there is much pressure placed on non union workers in union environments to conform to the ideal, to join the fold. Not that this law would stop that but it should move things in that direction. Some folks need unions for one reason or another and others can and will make it just fine, if not better, without them. The choice should be up to the individual.

  • Marion

    Well spoken Randy. I have worked in right to work states also. You are a very rare supervisor if you treat your workers that way and I applaud you. Most individuals have no concept of what right to work means and or the consequences that go along with it. Right to work will divide and kill our state. This poll is full of holes.

  • Marion

    The only people in our state that's not working are the ones that don't want too ! That's why us workers clock in everyday. We need to work out butts off to support the welfare recipients, Obahma phones,Obahma care,food stamps,ect.,ect.!!! So all of you workers today and everyday get out there and bust your rears ! Those people are depending on you !

  • Marion

    I worked in North Carolina for the same company I am now. $5:00 more per hour here and the list of better benefits are endless.

  • Marion

    Jim you are drinking bath water. You have no idea of what words are coming out of your mouth.

  • Terry

    Yea, I'm a registered voter,and I never got to vote in this poll, did you? So, how correct this poll is, is BS!!

  • Terry

    People think "right to work" means they are going to get a job out of this bill, "you won't"! I've worked non union,and union, and the only way you have any workers rights, security of a job,or chance not to make somebody else rich is to join a union. You have to think about when you get older,will you have a pension,and other benefits, or nothing? Don't be dumb and give away any of your rights!

  • Bill

    Yeah buddy, because we all know how great the history of labor is for workers in this country. How easy people forget why unions were even created.

  • Chris monroe

    If only that were true.

  • Chris monroe

    I'm in the CWA and I can tell you without them I would be working for much less and paying more for my health care. I see how companies treat their management and it scares the hell out of me. Wolves eating there own.

  • kevin

    The unions provide many items the repubs are after. They pay for and operate the state's largest drug testing program. They pay for and operate the state's largest vocational program. They pay for their own health insurance and do not rely on state programs. They pay for their own pension program and tend to rely less on government programs then many others. They provide some of the best workplace safety programs in the,world. But for some reason the repubs don't like any of this if it has workers attached to it.

  • TJ

    NO RIGHT TO WORK! YOU CAN KEEP IT

  • Fiscal Conservative

    Sorry I forgot North Carolina, my fault on the oversight.

  • Fiscal Conservative

    I can assure you that I suffer from neither of those things.

  • Fiscal Conservative

    Really Gary name calling is what this argument has dissolved to. What are your thoughts on non union independent contractors? I suppose you think anyone that doesn't belong to union is a scab. Well count me as a scab, when deciding on bids for construction or earth moving projects I have never used union labor. Not out of envy or to spite, but to get the best bid and quickest time to completion possible. My livelihood depends on that, I loose contracts if I don't get jobs done as quickly and efficiently as possible. While having quality and the lowest price work done. I suppose you think that rig hands should unionize as well.

  • Bill

    Its interesting that when you look at the newest list of worst states in the country by made by 14 different rankings shown by politico, 13 of the last 15 states are right to work states. They also have some of the worst rates of illegal immigration. I don't think its any mistake that the same people that paid for this poll are the same out of state billionaires that paid for advertisement of these politicians campaigns. This is the legislation that they were paying for. And it doesn't benefit workers at all.

  • WVUMountaineer

    Headline!

    Workers in RTW states reportedly suffer from deficient math skills and comprehension. Details at 1111.

  • Fiscal Conservative

    Texas and Georgia.

  • Randy

    It should be called the Right To Fire law. Was born and raised in WV but now am the president of a company here in AL which is a Right To Fire/Work state. Right To Work laws mean that employees have NO rights. Be careful of what you wish for. Fortunately for my employees I have a conscience and am very to good to our employees and care about their well being. But if I wanted to be an a$$ I could say "I don't like your shirt so your fired!" The law says that I have every right to do that and the employee can not sue because we are in a Right to Work state!

  • Sloppy Skippy

    80 years of democrat control. Not there never being any R's for 80 + years. Not sure where you got that because that's not what was said.

  • Robert

    It's time for WV to join the other Right to Work States.

  • Susan

    The right to work law is basically the right to work for less or the right to work two or more jobs to meet your bills. The union provides training and a centralized locations for contractors to find trained workers. They also offer benefits: retirement package, insurance, vacation savings, continuing education on new construction techniques. Yes, all this is included in the hourly wage rate. That's an important point---it is an HOURLY wage. If they aren't working, they're not getting paid. You must also keep in mind that the construction worker does not work a 9-5 job everyday rain or shine. He works until the job is completed, in cold, heat, snow, wind, on heights and underground. When the job is completed he has no guarantee of another following on its heels. They get rained out, snowed out, if materials don't show up they're out too. They drive long distances to get to the job site, rising early and working long hours. Sometimes they make that drive for only 2 hours show-time because the job isn't a go that day. These workers deserve a living wage and unions have negotiated that for them.

  • Bob

    I am proud to in the union.

  • Martinsburg Resident

    Thanks, unfortunately we are now in the minority... The saving grace is when the sh*t hits the fan, they will all coward & beg for help! They are incapable of caring for themselves... When Big Government collapses, they will all tuck their tails & hide!

  • Mike

    Your poll states that West Virginians registered voters were polled ; however how many of those voters work in West Virginia??? West Viirginians need to work for West Virginians . Opposing Right to Work will unionize West Virginians working for hire wages under controlled contracts by West Virginians. It's time West Virginia becomes West Virginia & not listen to outsiders who want to rip West Virginia of their prosperity & wealth.

  • Martinsburg Resident

    Another "Useful Idiot"! You'll be one of the first they exterminate... Loud mouths always are! Your savior Obama & his associates count on fools like you!

  • tuck

    And you think RTW is going to magically transform our state and make us more prosperous.
    You're being sold a bill of goods by the Repukes who are owned by the Koch bros and multinational corporations.
    WAKE UP!!!!!

  • C. F. T.

    Thank you for providing a perfect biography of George Sourus, who has and is supporting Hillery Clinton, Bryan Williams and Obama.

  • Ted

    Americans For Prosperity did the research. It is a right-wing political advocacy group founded by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, who will lie, cheat, steal and spend billions to take away true liberties from the American people. The research is worthless.

  • Marion

    Hey McCuskey ! No we don't want to be right to work state!!! We will not! Unions built this country ! PERIOD!

  • tuck

    Fungus joe...You have no real concept of what it's like in the real world. All of these corporations are suddenly going ro locate in WV because of RTW.
    Apparently you are an even bigger moron the the
    legislator who want ro cram this down our throats. Big business is the new sheriff in town and thery're corrupt and morally bankrupt!!!!
    What a tool you are!!!

  • Marion

    Unions built this country!!!! PERIOD !!

  • Laurel Moore

    Amen Jim Hunt!

  • Laurel Moore

    Do you really think that small statement explains "Right to Work"?
    This is the biggest bunch of Propaganda I've ever heard!

  • Marion

    What on earth does your comment have to do wth right to work ?!!!!

  • Laurel Moore

    What stated have prospered? Are you fed by the Big Business Propoganda Machine?
    Valuable Workers Rights will be lost if this passes!
    I own a company that values its employees and We Pay Unoon Wages and Benefits! We don't make as much profit for ourselves but our employees have a Better Standard of Living!

  • Skippy

    And this 80 year BS is just that, BS. Last I checked, there have been R's in the legislature every one of those 80 years along several R governors. Many bills have sponsors and support from both parties. When enacted, "cap and trade" had bipartisan support. Most votes in the state senate the last 4 years were unanimous. We are a small state with an aging and declining population, topography and infrastructure issues and an economy dependent on 1 industry. I don't care if the R's or the D's have control, until we figure out how to overcome those issues we're going to continue to decline. Wasting time on issues that aren't issues ain't gonna get the job done.

  • Laurel Moore

    that is a bunch of baloney!! Most people don't even Understand that "Right to Work" laws mean they will lose their bargaining power against big corporations! I am a Union Construction Company Owner and Do Not want Right to Work laws in WV!!!

  • Capable of independent thought

    Moco man, like a true Republican you skirt what I said , because its true and you don't cant defend your position. Unions are not consumed by greed, unions are for the collective voice of everyone. You act as if Union management are born into power, such as a monarchy, well guess what we vote on our leaders. And speaking of lavish lifestyles, I remember this country bailing out the banks for hundreds of billions of dollars then all the executives going to lavish conventions on the taxpayer dime. That is the real issue executive pay. Since the mid 20th century executive pay has gone from 20 times the average worker to over 300 times the average worker. All of this goes right inline with all the union busting hat has gone on during the same time period. So I guess you think one person is worth hundreds and in some case thousands? You are clueless.

  • jason barr

    the construction trades unions have always:
    drug tested our own, handled our own pensions, self insured our healthcare, found and referred our own work, trained our own members. we don't need any "help" of this kind. we contribute more to society than we ever took out of it.
    we are NOT the problem, do NOT attack us.

  • Olan price

    Ver few people are in unions today. Most average people are not in unions. this law has the potential to create jobs, raise wages and incomes for average people. The average West Virginia worker lose nothing and have the chance to gain a lot with right to work.

  • Skippy

    To borrow a phrase, more "smoking mirrors" by the republican leadership. Prevailing wage is a flop. It's argued as a way to build/pave more roads yet the DOH still has to pay prevailing wage under federal law. The abortion bill is sure to be vetoed. If not, it's already ruled unconstitutional by federal courts. Cap and trade was nothing more than political grandstanding. Now right to work. Only 10% of the state's workforce belong to unions so more time wasted. Half the legislative session is gone and still nothing of substance that addresses real problems or creates jobs. These clowns might have a different letter after their names but they're just the same as the old ones. Its obvious they have no solutions either.

  • Gary K.

    Right to work is for low wages and no benefits. Plain and simple.

  • knows

    Anybody that thinks right to work is going to save this state or create jobs is nothing short of a STUPID BAST@#$......


    They really got people and companies lining up to locate here....so why is the Coldwater creek property is still empty??

    Why are republicans so for right to work ? According to the numbers 49.6% of working age people in the state actually work and out of that number 10% are union. NUMBERS DON'T ADD UP.
    THE ONLY THING PASSING RIGHT TO WORK will accomplish is to MAKE THINGS WORSE.
    Who will they blame when this doesn't change anything ?
    Why don't they redo the disability and welfare laws...everyone knows at least one or more people on disability or welfare that do whatever the hell they want except work..They will save millions instead of hurting a few thousand union workers

  • Gary K.

    You are one of those crackheads from Martinsburg. Says it all.

  • Gary K.

    The last election saw the stupid people think they won. But you lost in reality. Because it shows repukington stupidity. Which will lead to democratic takeover of congress in 2016.

  • Gary K.

    And your a scab.

  • Gary K.

    Find something you know. it definetly not this conversation. The government does not compel you to join a union. What the repukes are doing is government interference in the work place. Honest reply

  • Moco man

    Negative.........independent thought. What right to work will do is fund less of a lavish lifestyle for the Republican bashing Union leaders. Unions are consumed with greed and are their own worst enemy. Maybe they won't be able to have their annual conventions in Vegas or wherever that costs tens of thousands of dollars paid for by the working members. I don't want someone lobbying for me when I don't support many ideals that union leaders do...........i am old enough to speak for myself.......

  • Olan price

    There are hardly enough Union workers left in West Virginia to fight over. But over the last 30 years right to work states have higher wage growth, higher median income growth and much more population growth than in non right to work states. Many large not all economic development project will not look at or locate in non right to work states. Right to work is about growth in wages, income and population . It is not a magic bullet but over time it will put West Virginia in a position to not be the only state that is losing population.

  • Gary K.

    BS, name the states

  • Gary K.

    How bout non-union scabs just go away.

  • Gary K.

    Scabs don't get higher pay and benefits. there is a reason union members get paid better. They are educated. Stupid people, no lazy stupid people. I am sure that is a legit poll. LMAO! NOT!

  • Low Rider

    Why are unions afraid to let people decide for themselves if they want to be a union member????

  • Capable of independent thought

    All of you people who listen to a couple of Republican catch phrases, do you really think there is going to be a tidal wave of businesses that are going to locate here if this passes? You are delusional. WV will never be on the forefront of growth, why you ask. One word topography. No one wants to move a mountain to build, when you can most anywhere in the world and immediately dig foundations. Right to work is nothing more than taking lobbying dollars away from working people, who can only afford to have a voice collectively. Republicans can't stand anyone having a voice against corporations. Working people support this entire state and when you knock all of the wages down and out of state migrants ate doing all the work, who will support the local economy. NO ONE. And when the businesses don't flood in, at least I know how to grow a garden.

  • Honest Reply

    Its really not that difficult of a concept. Freedom is fair. Being free to associate with a union or not is fair. Not having to pick up the burden and pay for more than what you caused is fair. Its really not that hard.

    Whats scary is the gravy train is coming to an end. People are going to have to make their own decisions and be held responsible for their share of (positive or negative) of those decisions.

  • Lol

    Spot on... Ask to join the Chamber of Commerce for free.. see what they say.. Hell, even your local Moose Lodge. People are to narrow minded to see what RTW does... And BTW, how's the War on Coal? Shouldn't it be over?

  • Lol

    Read back up on Federal Laws, and you shall learn that no one is forced to join a labor union now. Open your mind, and look at what this is about. it isn't hard to see. RTW railroads labor unions in potentially not have money, THUS can not operate, and can't fight legit fights. .. brush up on the law.

  • John

    You tell 'em, Martinsburg Resident, I agree with you 100%.

  • Martinsburg Resident

    The taxpayers are getting the shaft by the current democratic/socialist policy in place now! I am tired of working to pay for 50% of eligible workers to sit on their a** & collect their entitlement checks... The only entitlement checks should be reserved for those of us who work & pay into the system & are actually entitled to the money! (Social security & Medicare... NOT Medicaid)... Time to halt the gravy train and put all the deadbeats to work! Right to Work scares the hell out of all the progressives! If their voting base stops getting a free ride, it will hurt their evil schemes! Wake up America!

  • FungoJoe

    Those supposed would-be voters were too busy watching Oprah, Maury and Dr. Phil. To busy selling their food stamps for drugs to smoke in their taxpayer paid HUD rented houses to actually go out and vote.

  • Fiscal Conservative

    While not a member of a union anymore I was an apprentice while working a couple of summers. Didn't have much to complian about, but didn't pay much attention. However I have worked in 3 right to work states since then. My wages were higher there than the equivalent offers here, and the unemployment numbers were lower there. I don't have a problem with unions as much as I do the people that unions support and align with politically.

  • FungoJoe

    Let's get some Wisconsin Union-Busting brand cheese and some crackers to go with all these liberals' whine on here. I've never seen a bigger group of crybabies than WV labor union thugs. Break out the crying towels. They had their day.
    Labor unions, there is a new sheriff in town, and his name is Right-To-Work.
    Oh my, the worm sure has turned.

  • WVUMountaineer

    The Republicans have a highly fluid view of what is "fair."

    In that joint and several bill that passed the House a few weeks ago, the mantra was "nobody should have to pay more than their fair share." That viewpoint just incidentally happens to help corporations for the most part. Now, we don't hear anything about paying a fair share (freeloaders welcomed) --- because that DOESN'T help the companies in this instance. Hard to conclude anything other than the Republicans look out first for businesses, average people second.

  • thomaslemmon714

    the is another way for thr right to look out for big buisnes while killing the union...people here in this state forget or don't read history. workers paid with their lives to get unionized and it has been fought against ever since. this is an affront to the little guy and anyone that thinks different is uninformed (don't read),or are really against the little guy working the jobs that no one wants but has to do. history has a way to come back and bite people in the ass...this will be first.02/09/2015 want people to see when i said this.

  • Honest Reply

    If the union is providing all of these great benefits why wouldn't you join? Sure their might be a few that don't. However, if the union is going to continue to exist the majority will need to pay in.

    Furthermore, these benefits are what the union will have to sell to the employee. Not simply have the government compel them to join simply because some people got a majority of employees years and years ago to agree to organize.

  • Shasta

    i support the Right To Work Bill. WV is dying we need business a reason for our youth to stay.

    The more competitive business are the better for our economy and our residents.

    Times are changing we either keep up or slowly die.

  • WVUMountaineer

    I can't imagine why anybody would join a union if they get the same wages, benefits, and safety assurances without paying dues for it. That's just simple human nature. The Republicans are insincere in saying this is about fairness. Nonsense. It's a blatant end-around to weaken unions and in so doing hurt working men and women while maximizing profits for the companies.

    This bill isn't about fairness. How can you set things up so that you have one class of employees who sacrifice by paying dues in order to get better working conditions through collective bargaining; and another class that are freeloaders pure and simple.

  • mntnman

    First problem with this push poll. You don't ever have to join the union. You only have to pay the dues, since they are the bargaining agent for ALL employees. So the poll makes a statement of fact to begin with.

    Second problem, its freeloader legislation. I don't pay the union dues because I don't want to but I get the benefits of all the union bargains for with the employer. Its not about jobs, its about union busting.

    Finally, it is not a job builder. Right to work creates no jobs. Instead it is a method companies use to reduce union membership, which is precisely what they are after. BTW, it is unclear whether workers do better in right to work states; the data is all over the place -- depends on whether it is union or company information. Pro-business says right to work states are better; pro-union says they are not. Both cites data to prove their point. I do know this, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts do not have right to work. Their economies are better then ours. More jobs, more workers, etc.

    Not sure why this is one of the priorities of the WV legislature -- tax reform, education reform and infrastructure would do more to lure jobs than this piece of legislation.

    (I remember well WC reform -- if we could just get that done, companies would rush in. Didn't happen. Then Insurance reform -- companies will rush in, premiums will go down. Again, didn't happen. So, fool me twice...)

  • Big Deal

    This article was discredited in the first paragraph. Shauna Johnson much be drinking Kool-Aid with Hoppy. It must be John Raese flavored.

  • mntnman

    Depends on the next election. The past election was more of a anti-Obama election -- he'll be gone and the electorate will have two years of experience to examine what the new leadership has done. If they re-elect them, then you're right. If not, then perhaps it was an outlier.

  • mntnman

    Push poll...

  • Drama Queen Conservative Troll

    I am not a supporter of the idea of Right to Work. I don't believe it will be a panacea to all of West Virginia's economic ills. But, let's be honest here. The existing way is not working, and appears will not work no matter what. I believe the poll is probably accurate as to the sentiments of the people. Maybe it is time to try and see what happens over the next few decades.

    The Republicans have shown throughout the US they are willing to vote for tax incentives to attract industry. The question becomes: are we willing to give up large chunks of tax dollars in an attempt to draw industry to the state? Then the question becomes, will the legislature vote for, and will the federal government provide, the funding necessary to maintain a transportation and utility infrastructure to support the economic growth? You can't have one without the other. Economic growth will come at a cost to the taxpayer, or it is not going to happen. Thus the challenges will take decades to overcome.

    Politicians, commit to the maintenance and support of infrastructure to prop up economic development and you will have an easier sell for Right to Work. Just don't throw it at us as a political hot potato, as I suspect is what you are doing.

  • JTL

    As a person who works in an industry requiring a closed Union shop (covered under the railway labor act) and have held multiple elected positions within the union on the local level I can say this... There is good and bad with the unions. Yes, I would not make the wage I do and I would not have near the benefits without the union. Now the problem, the unions (the ones covering my industry, not all unions) are so corrupt that there is basically no collective bargaining... Period. The problem with the labor unions is the base membership lose focus that the union is US, the dues paying members and the unions are only as strong as we are.

    Is there a strong possibility that wages could go down and benefits cut if this law is passed? Yes, there is the possibility. On the same note are the labor unions the save all for employees? No they're not. Greed runs rampant in the elected union officials and a lot of times the workers are left hanging in the wind and paying dues for nothing.

    In my little ole opinion this law is a double edged sword. WV workers can't win either way.

  • Retired

    Are there enough people in this state actually wanting a job?

  • Jim

    I'm sure if we institute right to work that WVians will be as rich as the coal miners and other workers were back in the 20's and 30's in WV before unions gained a foothold.

    Unions cause the salaries of their workers to be too high. Right to work will not only reduce wages for union members but reduced wages wages for all workers in WV.

    If WV workers get their wages low enough all kinds of companies who want to pay low wages will flock to WV giving us tons of jobs.

  • Honest Reply

    If the union can justify their cost they will get members. There are always cases of free riders. However, if the majority see the benefit and join, the union will be able to continue to survive.

    It provides a nice check and balance for the union. If workers no longer have to join, the union must work to provide a benefit in order to have members. The union bosses cant simply sit back and enrich their paychecks on the backs of the worker.

    Please don't tell me this doesn't happen. I have been a member of two unions. One of which was a complete waste and I would have gladly opted out.

  • ViennaGuy

    Oh no! It's those EVIL Koch Brothers again! How DARE they attempt to exercise their free-speech rights in the public policy debate! How will America EVER survive those guys?!





    /sarcasm

  • Hop'sHip

    +1

  • THE LAST WARRIOR POET

    WV has needed this 4 a long time. CWA is a complete joke and I'd welcome telling them to get their hands out of my pocket.

  • Honest Reply

    Nothing in this law outlaws collective bargaining.

  • Jim Hunt

    Keep talking.....I know several nonunion contractors that on prevailing wage jobs, pay the wages and pay the fringe package as wages too. In other words, they pay the "total package" . some pay into a 401k but only a certain amount is allowed while being tax deferred.
    Wasn't trying to mislead or insult anyone. Just trying to make the point that ours is broken down into wages and fringes, and theirs is usually listed as total package. Ours being monitored by the fed gov and theirs not

  • Shawn H

    I can tell you that when I worked where there was a union, I was FORCED to join. I had no choice. All I got from the president was "just be glad you have a job". While he went away with the mill managers on golfing trips.

  • Support Changing 83 Years

    Jim Hunt
    Whoa, not so fast. To make the statement that non-union workers get just a good wage and nothing else is totally erroneous.
    Federal projects and Prevailing Wage Projects include in the wage payment paycheck, additional money to provide for insurance, retirement and medical coverage, which matches union scale. So, please don't insult me by disputing this information because part of my job duties was to monitor payrolls.

  • Dennis

    The 66% of West Virginia's registered voters statement leads one to believe that they polled every registered voter in the State. We know this is not true. How many registered voters were polled, what is the margin of error of the poll and what were the specific questions asked of the responders?

  • Jim Hunt

    If you take away our right to collectively bargain, we lose all ability to stand up for the working man. That's not just me FYI, that's everyone.
    Just remember, if you don't have the unions to kick anymore, you won't have us fighting for your working conditions, wages or safety anymore.
    So if you have a good job with benefits and get overtime after 40 he's, thank a union for it. If you don't, probably should consider it.
    I mean, come on people, without brotherhood its just you against them, not us against them. Make no mistake it is that simple.

  • Tyler Durden

    Because unions need fees of all to try to pay off elected officials.

  • liberty4all

    I think what you're missing is that as long as there is a system where one can get benefits without having to pay for them, there is no incentive to join a union. This disincentive is what the legislation is all about. I'm not a fan of a lot of unions (outside of dangerous jobs I think they are rather worthless and do more harm in protecting less than average employees than they do good). But I am also not a fan of "freeloading". How to balance the two?

  • Support Changing 83 Years

    Dave & et al union supporters

    If you need a union to keep your job for you, get raises and benefits for you, take your personal beefs to management, take your dues money and contribute a large portion of it to candidates that support unions and maintaining the status quo then, obviously, you are the Poster Boy for union membership.
    However, if you can get a job based on your qualifications then, keep the job and get raises based on your job performance you do not have to rely on seniority to get called to work or get a plum assignment and accept responsibility for your actions or inactions then, you do not need a union.

  • Low Rider

    The bottom line to a "right to work" statute is this:

    If the majority of employees want a union, and are happy with their union, they can be union members.

    If the employees are not happy with their union representation, they cannot be forced to be a union member.

    This seems pretty simple to me. If Union's provide true value to the employees, then they will survive. I don't understand why the Democrats get so riled up about this bill!

    Why should any free american worker be forced to join any organization against their will.

  • liberty4all

    Given the question that is asked, the results are not surprising. I suspect similar results to the question: "Do you believe it is fair that one employee pays out of pocket to obtain higher wages and better/safer working conditions while other employees don't have to pay and get the same benefits?"

    I too support, in theory, a right to work law. The reason I say "in theory" is because I do not think it fair that nonunion workers take advantage of what they union employees pay their dues for - collective bargaining for wages, safety conditions, etc . . . Would have no reservations if there were a way to not provide the nonunion employee with benefits the union employee receives because of their dues. Unfortunately nobody has explained such a method to me.

  • JTC

    And 90 % of the responders had no idea on what they were being polled about.

  • Jim Hunt

    Sad day.....37% of west Virginians voted. Of that roughly 60% voted Republican. We all need to vote every time there is an election, not just wait until it's too late, then worry about it. I fear it may really be too late now.
    I say, " don't blame our current position on the vast majority of voters, but blame it on the non voters. (The true majority). If they would have got out to vote, things would be alot different right now.

    PLEASE VOTE

  • Roscoe Swerpes

    Like the growing rust in WV are the Dem's ideas.

  • Roscoe Swerpes

    NPR...LOL

  • Honest Reply

    And the unions dont use their resources to influence government? George Soros doesn't use his resources for the left either does he?

  • Honest Reply

    If the union is as beneficial as you claim I'm sure people will choose to join. However, if they aren't they would be free to leave under right to work.

  • Honest Reply

    Right to work doesn't outlaw unions. Anyone is still free to join IF the choose.

  • Dave

    Agreed......and also let them handle their own discipline cases, discharge cases, grievance cases, etc. no dues.....no representation!

  • funny

    Yes because accidents only happen at non union mines. Uh no.

  • Jim Hunt

    Brian.....you seem misinformed. I can only speak about the union I belong to, in which no one is forced to join. Fact is, we have a very long list of applicants wanting to join.
    Everything costs money, nothing in life is free, least of all representation. Think I'm wrong just talk to a lawyer. Now, talk to a union man or woman and ask them if their money is being stolen....answer is No. Ask them what benefits they have....answer is health insurance, pension, state certified training, and the list goes on.
    Ask the same of a non-union man or woman doing the same job.....answer good wages (for now) and nothing else. The powers that be would like to have you believe that if we can just do away with unions everyone will just live happily ever after. Truth is ...everyone will loose, either wages or in the form of benefits.
    The only logical reason to do away with unions, in my opinion, is for someone else to get hold of the very money that pays for our benefits.... Leaving us with no benefits at all. How is that progress?

  • WVUMountaineer

    What would be wrong with a two tiered system?

    Union workers get $XX/hour. Non-union who don't want to be burdened with union dues negotiate separately and work for the (likely) lower wage. Why should anyone be allowed to freeload?

  • John

    This pole is another shame by the RIGHT WING of the republician party. Try working in a nonunion coal mine, If you complain of unsafe condition's your job is threatened if you don't you die in a explosion !

  • wvman75

    You must not understand how a poll works, unless it gives the result you want to see.

  • Tom wv

    I believe this last election speaks volumes. People wanted something different and we are getting it. The majority of West Virginians have spoken and the future looks brighter.

  • Garrie Kaarstens

    Unions...instruments of (economic) death. When will we stop allowing these instruments of (economic) death into our State? JEEPERS!

  • Dave

    From NPR......"Americans for Prosperity, the most prominent arm of the Koch brothers' organization,".
    Billionaire Koch brothers once again duping the good folks of WV. Wake up!
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2015/01/15/377526088/conservative-koch-brothers-group-puts-congressional-gop-on-notice

  • Brian

    Wow. 4ever and Crab say if you don't agree with us, you're an idiot. I have never been a member of a union. But would be willing to bet I would make more per week as a non union member in that environment than I would having to pay union dues every month. Of course, what those 2 don't and won't consider is the intimidation factor that would be shown by union members against those who need that extra money, those who don't agree with union representation but need a job.

    Is not believing in a union enough reason to keep someone from getting a job? What right to you have to say I can't have a job because I won't join a union?

  • AJ

    I call BS. "Americans For Prosperity – West Virginia" is a staunch supporter of Right To Work. This poll is heavily skewed.

    You need a NONPartisian poll which we won't see ever on this website.

  • Jim Hunt

    By my math....310.31 out of 1,852,994.

    I stand corrected.... That is most

  • Stupid Hillbillies

    Since when has the majority of the people ruled? The democrats have been bought and paid the liberal politicians in this state for decades on end. The current state of disrepair is the evidence to their destruction.

    Every state that has allowed the "Right To Work" to become the law has prospered. Those still controlled by the criminal unions are wasting away to economic disparity. This includes WV.

  • Jim Hunt

    So on what planet does 77% of 403= most?

  • wvman75

    Whining democrats crack me up. They don't like the results, so it must be wrong. Talk to your fellow citizens and not just your buddies. This poll pretty accurately reflects the prevailing sentiment out here.

  • ViennaGuy

    Unlike North Korea, the polltakers in this case are not holding a gun to the head of the respondents.

    Try again.

  • Paul

    The majority of 400 voters that were selected had a right to speak, wow, guess they need to vote quick and not debate with the other million.

  • Liberals R Nuts

    It is about time to outlaw labor union extrotion. No worker should EVER be forced to join a labor union AGAINST their wishes.
    It is a Stalinist tactic. No wonder the liberals are for it.

  • WV4ever

    This poll is a joke. The poll is comparable to a poll conducted by the Leader of North Korea about his own popularity. Or like the pollster being given a list of Republicans to survey. Totally not news worthy unless the ignorance is leaking out ones ear.

  • Jack Crab

    Rightwing poll gets rightwing results. Yawn.

    Right to work for less money is the true meaning.

  • ThatGuyOverThere

    This is exactley what WV Needs...Majority has spoken, make it law.