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Workers from “right to work” states to share experiences with anti-worker law

CHARLESTON, WV – Workers from Oklahoma and Virginia will be in Charleston on Wednesday to share their experiences with their states’ “right to work” law.  Oklahoma adopted its “right to work” law in 2001 and Virginia adopted the policy in 1947.  Workers from each state will discuss how this government intervention between working people and their employers unnecessarily hurts economies, lowers wages, impairs worker safety and eliminates jobs. 

For example, since Oklahoma passed the law in 2001, the number of new companies relocating into the state has decreased by one-third and the number of manufacturing jobs in the state has fallen concurrently by one-third, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Many large corporations have relocated their facilities and operations in other countries and other states.  Bridgestone Tire, one such company, is the former employer of one of the workers who will be sharing his experience.  

What: Press Conference to Highlight Workers’ Real World Experience with a “Right to Work” Law

Who: Workers from Oklahoma and Virginia who have been impacted by their states’ “right to work” laws and a West Virginia economist who has analyzed various data on “right to work” policies. 

Where: Room 252, State Capitol Main Building, (located along hallway North of the House Chamber)

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Participants in the press conference will be available afterward for interviews.  Please contact Stacey Ruckle (304.553.2833, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to schedule one-on-one interviews.