Local Delegate Pushes to Add Right To Work into Va. Constitution

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

STAUNTON,Va. (WHSV) -- Del. Dickie Bell is trying to make the right to work law part of the state's constitution.

The law protects people from either being barred from a job, or fired from a job, for not joining a union.

Bell said the law as it is can be repealed if it receives enough votes, but if it became an amendment, it would be harder to challenge.

If a lawmaker wanted to repeal an amendment, the public would have to vote before changing it.

Bell has introduced this bill twice, but it has failed both times.

He said the right to work law attracts businesses to the state and keeps unemployment numbers down.

"It's a fundamental right, I believe. It's as fundamental as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we just want to make sure it remains as a permanent part of Virginia's government," said Bell.

He says for an amendment to be successful it has to pass twice in identical language, but in between the passage years, there has to be a general assembly election.

Bell plans to reintroduce it in 2015

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