The Commonwealth of Virginia is a “Right to Work State”. This means that Virginians are not forced to spend “take home dollars” on Union Bosses who rake in six or seven figures to provide fewer jobs and opportunities for employees in the Commonwealth. While our freedoms are ensconced in Virginia law, if there is one lesson liberty-loving Virginians have learned over the last few years, it is that Attorney General Mark Herring has absolutely no intention of defending, upholding, or promoting the laws of the great Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia has been a “Right To Work” state since 1947. While anti-business Democrats have long desired to reverse this reality, they have never had the political muscle to do so. Pro-business and Pro-job Democrats have never allowed it. The real threat of forced unionization in Virginia will not come from the General Assembly, but rather from The Courts. Attorney General Mark Herring has a particularly unique and clever way of undermining the voters in Virginia. He encourages lawsuits that end up before the Virginia Supreme Court and then he refuses to defend our laws, as written by our representatives.
Our economic liberties are no longer secure, regardless of the positions our legislators take in Richmond.
Therefore, every Virginian will have the opportunity to enshrine our Right To Work into the Virginia Constitution, a bulwark that no activist Attorney General, whether Republican or Democrat, can abscond. The proposed Constitutional Amendment will be on every ballot in the Commonwealth of Virginia on November 8th, 2016. It is paramount, regardless how you feel about your Democrat or Republican nominees for President, or how you feel about your Congressman, that you show up to vote in November to protect the Virginia economy against the powers that destroyed and obliterated Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. DNC and RNC county committees need to make certain to mark their sample ballots and to ensure, regardless of party, that their constituents vote FOR freedom of choice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If they don’t, there is something wrong with you local republican or democrat parties.
Tens of thousands of jobs in the Commonwealth are at stake, maybe even your own. If you work in Health Care or Education, if you labor in Agriculture or Manufacturing, or if you work in the Energy, Government or Business sectors, you need to show up in November and vote FOR the Right to Work Amendment. As we speak, filthy rich millionaire Union Bosses are eyeing Virginia as their next acquisition, having bankrupted the States from which so many of our beloved “Come Here’s” have fled.
Why is this so important? Why do we need these laws embedded in our Constitution?
Right to Work states consistently out perform forced unionized labor states in income and job growth. In my county, Caroline County, we are bringing in large, high-wage industries who were only interested in Virginia because we are not a forced-unionized state. Rural communities whose residents are looking for careers depend upon manufacturing and distribution jobs that do not require them to spend a massive portion of their take home pay in transportation to urban areas. Unless you want to drive to Richmond or Washington D.C. for work, you need to vote YES for this important Constitutional Amendment.
According to NILRR (The National Institute for Labor Relations Research), Right To Work States enjoy an average disposable personal income of $41,112, compared to $38,212 of forced labor states. Between 2004-2014, Right to Work States have enjoyed 8.6% growth in private health insurance coverage, compared to -.04% growth in forced labor States. Population growth, an indication of where Americans prefer to live and to raise their families, in Right to Work States has increased 8.9% over the last ten years, while forced labor States have shrunk at an astonishing rate of -3.8% per year. As of 2015, Right to Work States have boasted a low 4.3% Welfare recipient rate, demonstrating their ability to provide citizens jobs that make work more advantageous than Welfare. Meanwhile, forced labor states have faced an average of 14% in Welfare population. Could you imagine bringing that kind of an economic culture here, to the Commonwealth?
If you currently have a job in Virginia and desire to keep it, please vote FOR the Constitutional Amendment to protect our Right To Work in Virginia. If you are unemployed, but wish to find a job in the coming years, please vote FOR the Constitutional Amendment to protect our Right To Work in Virginia. If you have children attending a University in the Commonwealth and want them to graduate into an economy capable of providing them jobs, please vote FOR the Constitutional Amendment to protect our Right to Work. If you are an employer, looking to compete with domestic and foreign firms, please show up to the polls in November to vote FOR the Constitutional Amendment to protect our Right to Work. If you are in Middle or High School and if you have your parent’s ear, tell them that you want them to show up to vote in November FOR a Constitutional Amendment to protect your right to work, so that you’ll have a job when you graduate.
Securing the Virginia economy is not a Democrat or Republican issue; it is a priority for all Virginians who work or live in the Commonwealth. I know that, as Virginians, some of us support Hillary Clinton, some of us support Donald Trump and some of us do not support either. I also know, as a Virginian, that all of us want to promote a free and growing economy in the Commonwealth. I know that we all want more jobs and opportunities, not only for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren.
Therefore, regardless who you vote for in November, I ask that you will vote YES on the Constitutional Amendment to preserve our economic liberties in the Commonwealth.
When you vote in November, you will see a question that reads,
Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?