Opinion

Business reforms not about union busting

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Union leaders want you to believe that efforts by legislators to pass business-friendly reforms are anti-worker and intended to bust unions in West Virginia.

Not so. Those legislators seek a stronger business climate, which means a stronger jobs climate. More jobs means more people working. More people working means more opportunities for workers to unionize if they so desire.

And therein lies the rub: if workers so desire.

The business friendly reforms take no stand on whether workers unionize. There are many laws and court decisions protecting unions, and the reforms being tried by the first truly business-friendly Legislature in generations would not harm any worker’s right to join and support a union.

The two most notable reforms — right to work, which passed the Senate on Thursday, and prevailing wage — simply wouldn’t use the force of state law to require workers and taxpayers to pay union organizations…

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