During the 2015 Legislative Session, working families were attacked over and over in what in has been described by many as the most egregious assault on workers in our state’s history.  

To remind workers which side individual legislators stood, the WV AFL-CIO is introducing a new weekly communication called the “Anti-Worker Roll Call Vote of the Week.” 

In the new weekly communication, one specific, anti-worker vote will be identified, explained and the actual roll call vote then posted on the WV AFL-CIO webpage and Facebook account as well as shared via Twitter.  The WV AFL-CIO will announce a new “Anti-Worker Roll Call Vote of the Week” each week through the month of December.  

Feel free to copy, post, re-tweet or share so the message is delivered as broadly as possible!

Bill Number:  Senate Bill 421

Description: Drastically limits punitive damages in civil lawsuits in instances of the most egregious corporate conduct -- fraud, abuse of vulnerable citizens like children and the elderly, and intentionally endangering workers. Such punitive damages are not meant to compensate a victim but rather to punish and deter a defendant, such as a corporation worth billions, from actions such as abusing nursing home patients and recklessly endangering workers in the name of profit.

Date:  March 9, 2015

Voting Body: 100-member House of Delegates

The Vote:  Final Passage

“Yes” vote is Anti-Worker a “No” vote is Pro-Worker.

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Bill Number: SB 357 (The Coal Mine Un-safety Bill)

Description: A rollback of mine safety regulations to benefit big corporations. 

Date:Feb. 24, 2015

Voting Body: 25-member House Judiciary Committee

The Vote:  After countless hours of deliberation -- during which legislators who were deeply concerned about endangering miners unsuccessfully attempted several times to revive the safety requirements that the legislation rolls back -- the committee voted to report the Un-safety bill to the full House of Delegates.

a “Aye” vote is Anti-Worker | a “Nay ” vote is Pro-Worker