Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia’

Nov
2016
11

Anti-Union Group Caught Sending Undisclosed Election Materials to Voters in WV

Anti-Union Group Caught Sending Undisclosed Election Materials to Voters in WV
  An anti-union group in West Virginia was caught mailing pro-Republican materials to voters without reporting the activity to the Secretary of State’s office. Election law requires the disclosure of independent political expenditures and prohibits electioneering communications between political groups: Letters obtained by the...
Oct
2016
27

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse
  West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice (D) appears to be in a strong position heading into election day. Polling gives Justice a double-digit lead over his chief rival, state Senate president Bill Cole (R). A Repass Research poll shows Justice running at 44% to Cole’s 33%. The Justice campaign released their own poll...
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Sep
2016
29

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later

A Fraud by Any Other Name: Contractor Admits to Cheating WV Workers, Is Rehired a Month Later
  What do you do when an out-of-state contractor admits to defrauding workers on a county project? If you’re West Virginia, you hire them again! A Florida contractor who confessed to the aforementioned Braxton County crime just won a million-dollar state contract in Charleston, WV. All this even though the company pled guilty to fraud...
Aug
2016
30

Financial Docs: WV GOP Senate Candidate’s Construction Co. Built School With Cheap Foreign Labor

Financial Docs: WV GOP Senate Candidate's Construction Co. Built School With Cheap Foreign Labor
  In West Virginia, Republican state Senate hopeful Chandler Swope has come under fire because his construction company hired immigrant labor to build a school in Wayne County. Swope denied involvement in the project, claiming he retired from the company four years ago and therefore has no say in day-to-day operations. Swope...
Aug
2016
12

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State’s New Right-to-Work Law

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State's New Right-to-Work Law
  Six months ago West Virginia became a Right-to-work state. This week organized labor got its day in court. The AFL-CIO and 10 other union groups successfully sought an injunction to block the state’s Right-to-work law, which took effect on July 1. The law required unions to extend benefits to all workers, even those who [&hellip...
Jul
2016
8

WV Unions File “Right-to-Work” Lawsuit, Aim to Recreate WI Outcome, Eye SCOTUS Involvement

WV Unions File
  Labor unions in West Virginia are trying to take back what’s theirs. In Kanawha Circuit Court, 11 state labor unions have filed petitions claiming that the state’s new “Right-to-work” law amounts to an illegal seizure of their property and resources. The Workplace Freedom Act (SB1) was vetoed by Gov. Ear Ray...
May
2016
10

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against “Right-to-Work”; Legal Argument Echoes Recent WI Ruling

WV AFL-CIO Joins Lawsuit Against
  The West Virginia AFL-CIO has announced that it will join a coalition of unions challenging the constitutionality of the state’s newly enacted “Right-to-Work” law.  The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the next 30 days.  Beyond debating the legality of “Right-to-Work,” known in West Virginia as the Workplace Freedom Act, the...
Feb
2016
11

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV “Right-to-Work” Law, Say Lawmakers Have Something to Hide

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV
  As West Virginia moves towards “Right-to-Work,” the Teamsters union has filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Senate did not abide by a Freedom of Information Act request that sought emails between Senate leadership and professors at West Virginia University.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace...
Jan
2016
26

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom

WV Supreme Court Deals Deadly Blow to Labor; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Loom
  On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a Republican should fill a recently vacated State Senate seat, a move which will allow the GOP a 18-16 voting advantage and the ability to move forward with an ambitious agenda that includes “Right-to-Work” and a prevailing wage repeal.  Sen. Daniel Hall was elected as [&hellip...
Jan
2016
8

Familiar Horizon: WV Weeks Away from What Could be a Year-Long “Right-to-Work” Fight

Familiar Horizon: WV Weeks Away from What Could be a Year-Long
  In three weeks, the West Virginia state legislature will begin its first 2016 legislative session, and passing a “Right-to-Work” bill appears to be at the top of the GOP’s agenda.  Following the 2014 elections, Republicans took control of both chambers of the legislature for the first time in history.  The historic victory led to...
Nov
2015
18

Committee Testimony Suggests West Virginia is Headed for a 2016 “Right-to-Work” Fight

Committee Testimony Suggests West Virginia is Headed for a 2016
  On Sunday the state’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on a proposed piece of legislation which would make West Virginia the 26th “Right-to-Work” state.  The meeting was packed with attendees in union t-shirts who vehemently oppose to the law. The state’s economy is struggling. Both houses of the legislature are...
Oct
2015
22

WV AG Eliminates Consumer Protection Job, Uses the $100,000 to Hire Re-Election Operative

WV AG Eliminates Consumer Protection Job, Uses the $100,000 to Hire Re-Election Operative
  West Virginia Democrats are crying foul after Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey created a new position in his office and filled it with a long-time political operative.  Lance James Henderson is not an attorney and has no legal experience, yet will earn nearly $100,000 a year as Morrisey’s Deputy Chief of Staff. All at...