HARRISONBURG — Shenandoah Valley legislators who both proposed and support a constitutional amendment affirming Virginia as a right-to-work state, gathered Tuesday to rally support for the measure.
The amendment is on next week's Virginia ballot. Proponents say the amendment is necessary to assure Virginia's status as a business friendly state that does not make union membership a condition of employment. State law already makes Virginia a right-to-work state, but an amendment to the state constitution would prevent a future, perhaps more liberal, General Assembly from overturning it.
The right-to-work law prohibits union membership as a condition of employment, but it does not prevent employees from joining or forming a union if they so wish.