Lessening workplace safety, cutting wages and benefits, and now firing 15,000 state employees

Brittni McGuire Blog

It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday.

Sunday and Monday Legislators were in town and the GOP majority wasted no time attacking West Virginia workers. On Sunday, Legislators were greeted by hundreds of union members and hardworking West Virginians opposing the so called “Right-to-Work” that is being pushed by the GOP. The Republican majority has made it clear that they are not letting up on their attack on hardworking West Virginia families and “Right-to-work” is just one of the tools in their toolbox. “Right-to-work” is bad for West Virginia and it’s bad for our workers. Right-to-work laws prohibit union membership as a condition of employment. President of Teamsters Local 175 Ken Hall called  RTW out for just what it is, “a war on unions” and reminded WV that unions are “hardworking West Virginians”.

The facts are that wages and workplace safety are lower in right-to-work states.  As Kenny Perdue, President of WV AFL-CIO said “It’s not about job creation. It’s about attacking unions.”

Republicans campaigned last election on a platform of  “creating jobs” and apparently their plan to do so includes paying people less and making work conditions less safe.

Speaking of the Republican jobs plan, let’s go back to Friday. On Friday Republican leader and national committeeman Kris Warner called for ridding 15,000 state workers of their jobs. Listen here. He didn’t stop there, he went on to slander hardworking state employees by saying they are  “sitting in their offices in Charleston selling Tupperware and buying Avon at their desks.”

That’s what  Republican leaders think about our workforce.

Lessening workplace safety, cutting wages and benefits, and now firing 15,000 state employees.
We’re standing up to them. We’re fighting with you. If you have not already, please join the fight against the Republican attack on hardworking West Virginia families.