A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It appears the logic used by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey to place West Virginia’s right-to-work law on hold is about as convoluted as the unions’ arguments as to why the law should be overturned.
“I don’t see the harm that will occur to delay this for the short while,” Bailey said when issuing a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of Senate Bill 1, the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, passed by the Legislature in the 2016 session.
Unions say the law, which allows workers in union shops who choose not to join the union to also opt out of paying union dues, is an illegal taking of union and union members’ property, since federal labor law requires unions to represent all employees covered by collective bargaining agreements, whether they are members or not.
But wasn’t the state law that required those who worked in union shop workplaces to pay dues to the union even if they objected to the union’s activities an inappropriate and unfair taking of the employee’s money…