For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2015
Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com, 304-342-8121
Delegate Mike Caputo Addresses So-Called “Right to Work” legislation on Talkline
GOP pushing big money agenda despite consequences for hardworking West Virginians
Delegate Mike Caputo of UMWA joined Hoppy Kercheval on MetroNews Talkline this morning to discuss the so-called “Right to Work” legislation pushed by GOP legislators.
Caputo stressed Right to Work laws are pushed by GOP operatives with “fancy word play”, and are nothing but “a ploy” for big money corporations to “divide and conquer the workplace.”
“The new Republican majority puts fancy words into play like ‘workplace freedoms’ and ‘coal mine safety’, when all they are doing is rolling back freedoms and rolling back safety laws.”
Caputo furthered is argument stating, “Wages in ‘Right to Work’ states are much lower overall by about $6,000 a year, poverty rates are much higher, health benefits are much lower and workplace fatalities are over 50% higher than in non ‘Right to Work’ states.”
Senator Carmichael stated that despite those numbers the GOP will push for ‘Right to Work’ during the next legislative session.
Caputo pointed out that the GOP will continue to push the agenda of big money no matter what the consequences are for hardworking West Virginia families.
“The GOP will continue to run the Chamber’s agenda and that’s not good for hardworking West Virginians,” said Caputo. “Elections have consequences and this display of the republican “anti worker” agenda confirms that.”