Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia’

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…;
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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…
Oct
2015
1

Prevailing Waste: New Wage Calculations Show How Utterly Ridiculous WV GOP’s Political Games Are

Prevailing Waste: New Wage Calculations Show How Utterly Ridiculous WV GOP's Political Games Are
  On Wednesday, WorkForce West Virginia filed the new prevailing wage with the Secretary of State’s office, ending a months-long battle for a recalculation of what state funded projects would pay.  The result? The GOP’s tampering with the old standard seems to have been a complete waste of time. The new numbers were based on [&hellip…;
Jun
2015
11

New WV Prevailing Wage Law Basically Coming Apart at the Seams

New WV Prevailing Wage Law Basically Coming Apart at the Seams
  Prevailing wage laws are once again a hot topic in West Virginia as the state’s Republicans are unhappy with the proposed calculation of the wage mandated by the law they put in place, SB 361. The law could now be in limbo for months.  On Monday, members of the Joint Committee on Government and [&hellip…;
Mar
2015
12

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday

7,000 Attend Workers Rising Rally in WV; Legislative Session Ends Saturday
  Last weekend, thousands of West Virginia workers gathered at the state capitol in Charleston for the Mountaineer Workers Rising rally to protest the agenda of the state’s GOP.  Since taking power in January, Republicans have pushed for several pieces of anti-worker legislation, including prevailing wage repeal, increased funding for…
Mar
2015
3

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand It to Public Safety Unions

Beyond Wisconsin:
  Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news cycle, but Republicans in West Virginia and Michigan have been hard at work on the issue as well, with varying results. In West Virginia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael told the Associated Press he believes the “Right-to-Work” bill he…
Feb
2015
24

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform
  A West Virginia house committee heard testimony from nearly 30 people — including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin — about a controversial compromise bill that would dramatically alter the state’s prevailing wage system.  The bill started in the Senate as an outright repeal of the prevailing wage before the Republican hand was…
Feb
2015
13

WV Compromises on Prevailing Wage Repeal While KY Shoots It (and Right-to-Work!) Down

  The prevailing wage is under attack in more than a handful of states nationwide, two of which brought their discussions to a near-term close yesterday. In Kentucky, prevailing wage repeal was shot down, as was “Right-to-Work” legislation: The panel overwhelmingly voted down Senate Bill 1, the so-called right-to-work bill…
Feb
2015
12

Mountaineer Cheer: West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill Stalls in Senate

Mountaineer Cheer: West Virginia's Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill Stalls in Senate
  The bill to repeal West Virginia’s prevailing wage law was removed from the calendar this week, allowing more time for both sides to negotiate.   The bill had been hotly contested before passing on a party line vote through the Senate Committee on Government Organization last week.  Senate Democrats then moved to have the bill [&hellip…;