AFP looking to clinch right-to-work victory in West Virginia

posted at 9:21 pm on February 4, 2016 by Matt Vespa

Right-to-work in West Virginia is virtually guaranteed. Since this bill isn’t related to the budget, or any other appropriation, Republicans just need a simple majority to override a veto from Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Yet, even with the political atmosphere in their favor, Americans For Prosperity are making sure the economic benefits from this piece of legislation sinks in with fellow West Virginians:

The pro-economic liberty organization has also distributed these two mailers in key districts, noting the job creating impact right-to-work legislation has on state economies.

In a statement from AFP-WV state director Jason Huffman said:

Our legislators promised West Virginians jobs, and with less than half of our state working, right-to-work is one of the most important steps we can take to creating opportunity in the state. We want lawmakers to know that the grassroots expect bold policy action to keep the promise of jobs and if that promise is to be kept, then they must pass right-to-work legislation.

At the same time, opponents of this legislation, who have noted that this bill won’t do much to create more jobs in the state, got a heavy hitter of their own who goes by the name Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) (via WVMetroNews):

During my time as Governor of West Virginia, and now your Senator, I never had a single company tell me that it would relocate to our great state if only we would pass ‘right-to-work’ legislation. Simply put, this is a partisan bill that will do nothing to create jobs in West Virginia. During these tough economic times, we must focus on fighting for every job we have and every potential job we can create, rather than fighting over a divisive political issue being used to divide us, rather than unite us. I find it highly objectionable that people would attempt to play partisan politics with our jobs. The proponents of ‘right-to-work’ legislation are not able to show us the companies that will relocate to our great state if this legislation passes. Instead of engaging in divisive political fights, we should work together to bring successful companies to West Virginia.”

Regardless, the West Virginia State Senate passed the Workplace Freedom Act, with the State House of Delegates waiting to act on it.


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I hope it works for them! They badly need it right now.

lineholder on February 4, 2016 at 9:26 PM

Where’s the Democrat debate live thread?

Walter L. Newton on February 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM

…who cares?

JugEarsButtHurt on February 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Where are the trolls debating? Not that I want to watch it.

22044 on February 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM

What difference will either union or right to work matter when there aren’t any jobs?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Reminder to Democrats in West Virginia: Obama is working hard to destroy your Economy forever.

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 9:35 PM

I noticed that in Manchin’s statement he did not mention labor unions or union dues one time, even though they are what he is fighting for.

Manchin says he’s fighting for jobs, but he’s a liar. He’s fighting for labor unions.

That’s the problem with the lying left. If they had a valid argument to make, they would make it instead of lying their asses off.

jaime on February 4, 2016 at 9:38 PM

What difference will either union or right to work matter when there aren’t any jobs?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM

From a states POV they need to bring in industry that can compete nationally and internationally. For states like WVA, being rural and advantageous for hiring and constructing facilities, they can be enticed to relocate with right-to-work laws.

tej on February 4, 2016 at 9:44 PM

Manchin is a snake. Remember when there were rumors that he might switch parties? What were people thinking? He’s the Harry Reid of West Virginia.

22044 on February 4, 2016 at 9:44 PM

Layoff announcements surged 218% from December to January, led by the retail and energy sectors.

The latest monthly report from the staffing firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas on planned job showed that US employers in January reported 75,114 planned job cuts, up 42% year-on-year.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2016 at 9:44 PM

Reminder to Democrats in West Virginia: Obama is working hard to destroy your Economy forever.

TheMadHessian on February 4, 2016 at 9:35 PM

Yup. Quietly, 7,000 plus miles away the TPP agreement was signed by the Prez’ trade representative.

^^^^ Good read.

Sessions suggests that the deal’s “unpopularity with the American people” may perhaps “explain why we are not seeing politicians expressing support for this gargantuan agreement,” despite the fact that many politicians voted to fast-track the deal– which helps to ensure not only the passage of TPP, but all subsequent trade pacts, which are now liberated from Senate filibuster, amendment process and constitutional treaty vote.

Rubio signed the fast track.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 9:44 PM

Quotes should have been on “Sesssions….” paragraph.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Manchin says he’s fighting for jobs, but he’s a liar. He’s fighting for labor unions.

jaime on February 4, 2016 at 9:38 PM

That’s because they put him in office so they own him.

tej on February 4, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Now we need awesome ads about the stupidity of minimum wage laws.

thuja on February 4, 2016 at 9:48 PM

Manchin says he’s fighting for jobs, but he’s a liar. He’s fighting for labor unions.

That’s the problem with the lying left. If they had a valid argument to make, they would make it instead of lying their asses off.

jaime on February 4, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Almost. He’s not fighting for labor unions. He’s fighting for working stiffs’ money being funneled through unions to Democrats.

You’re absolutely right about the rest.

Sapience on February 4, 2016 at 10:08 PM

From a states POV they need to bring in industry that can compete nationally and internationally. For states like WVA, being rural and advantageous for hiring and constructing facilities, they can be enticed to relocate with right-to-work laws.

tej on February 4, 2016 at 9:44 PM

Sounds good…but so do a lot of things I suppose.

I was watching Antiques Roadshow a few weeks ago. Someone brought in a really nice glass vase made about a hundred years ago in Europe. The appraiser commented that they couldn’t afford to make that same vase today-not cost effective.

Not really an epiphany, but I thought to myself, “Yeah, we’re f—ed.”

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2016 at 10:10 PM

Good work by the AFP crowd. Much obliged.

Donald Draper on February 4, 2016 at 10:27 PM

When Manchin was running for senator, I told my friends and coworkers that he would be one of the more sane people in Washington.

He made a liar out of me.

Kanga on February 4, 2016 at 11:21 PM

Right-to-work in West Virginia is virtually guaranteed.

Jeez, I’m so old I remember when there was only one Republican member of the WV Legislature.

rbj on February 5, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Manchin didn’t seem to care about Obama cutting out all those mining jobs did he? He didn’t lose much sleep over it. I think he just rolled over just like the GOPe ship does every time. I hope this goes through and benefits West Virginia somewhat.

garydt on February 5, 2016 at 9:03 AM

Seriously, 12ish hours and no urban elitist flinging spittle in every direction about the right’s war on middle America?

Rogue on February 5, 2016 at 9:22 AM

So, Manchin, if you spent time talking to businesses about what would induce them to come to WV, did you do what they said they needed in order to relocate there? Where are these businesses you spent time trying to convince? Obviously, you sucked at bring business to WV, so why don’t you just STFU?

Just a side note: When Obama was running, the union for the coal miners in WV backed Obama, despite his public statements about killing coal. That is a special kind of stupidity. I’m sorry for my state and any coal miners who didn’t support this position, but lost their jobs anyway, but I’m not sorry for the idiots who supported that sociopath despite his clear intent to destroy them.

My family and I moved to the Pacific Northwest ten years ago due to the increasing downward spiral of the state and we miss it as much today as we did when we left. Someone in that state has to exercise some common sense before the state dies. It’s in its death throes now.

blackgriffin on February 5, 2016 at 11:14 AM