CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the full House of Delegates prepares for a vote on the right-to-work bill on Thursday, the Teamsters Union announced it will file a lawsuit seeking full copies of redacted emails concerning a disputed-West Virginia University study of right-to-work laws.
The study, by WVU professor John Deskins, makes the case that a right-to-work law would increase economic growth and job creation in West Virginia.
A Freedom of Information Act request filed with WVU for documents related to the study yielded 34 emails between Deskins and Richie Heath, chief counsel for Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer.
Dan Greear, chief counsel for House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, is copied on most of the emails but does not appear to have written any.
But those emails are heavily redacted, with some messages blacked out in their entirety.
“The people of West Virginia have a right to know the truth behind how this study came about …