Right to Work

What is the Libertarian Party of West Virginia's position on Right to Work laws?


We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment. We oppose government-fostered forced retirement. We support the right of free persons to associate or not associate in labor unions, and an employer should have the right to recognize or refuse to recognize a union. We oppose government interference in bargaining, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain.


West Virginia is not a right-to-work state and has a high unionization rate of 10.3 percent of the private sector. The public- sector unionization rate is 26.1 percent. The state also provides unemployment benefits for striking employees involved in a labor dispute, and does not permit employers to require employees to cross picket lines. While West Virginia has relatively low workers’ compensation benefit premiums, it covers benefit levels that are among the highest in the nation. The state also has a high ratio of labor and employment lawsuits, at approximately 2.56 lawsuits filed per 10,000 employees.


Forcing a person to join an organization and pay dues as a requirement for being able to work is a violation of basic human rights. It is as obscene as requiring a person to join a political party and pay dues as a requirement to vote, or forcing a person to subscribe to specific dietary laws as a requirement for eating, or being forced to pay dues to the American Automobile Association before being allowed the right to drive a car.


Transition Actions:
Eliminate all closed shop laws and allow the unions and other organizations the opportunity to appeal to workers according to the benefits that they provide, not by dictate of the law.