The West Virginia legislature voted to override Governor Tomblin's veto of Senate Bill 1, the "Workplace Freedom Act." The Governor vetoed the bill February 11th. In his veto message to the Senate, the Governor stated that he "never had a company cite 'right to work' as a barrier to relocating in West Virginia." The Republican majority disagreed with the Democratic Governor's assessment of the bill and overrode his veto by a vote of 18 to 16 in the Senate and 54 to 43 in the House of Delegates.
Governor Tomblin has vetoed Senate Bill 1, the "Workplace Freedom Act," and House Bill 4005, an act that would have repealed the state's prevailing wage law. It only takes a simple majority vote of the members of both the House and Senate to override a veto. Since a majority of the legislators desire the enactment of both bills, it is likely that West Virginia will soon repeal the prevailing wage law and will also become the 26th state in the nation to adopt a right-to-work ("RTW") law.
On January 21st, the West Virginia Senate passed the "West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act" by a 17 to 16 vote. The Act, part of Senate Bill 1, will prohibit employment agreements that require membership in a union as a condition of employment as well as employment agreements that require non-union employees to pay union dues or fees or to make equivalent contributions to a charity.