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Right To Work Facts for West Virginia:

“Right to Work” is arguably the most significant and most impactful single reform a state can make to improve its economic performance and future economic outlook. According to the West Virginia University Bureau of Business & Economic Research, if West Virginia adopts a Right to Work Legislation (

FIRST: We will have an increase in employment in the long run.

NEXT: Our economic output will increase more than if West Virginia remains a non-RTW state.

AND: We will see long term growth in our economy

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RTW states have more job growth. RTW states have outpaced non-RTW in job growth over every significant measured amount of time.
  • From 2003 to 2013, states that had right-to-work laws increased their employment rolls by 9.5 percent. Compared to states that do not offer RTW protections, RTW states more than doubled their job growth, and it was three percentage points more than the national average between 2003 and 2013.
  • From 1990 to 2011, RTW states’ total employment increased more than twice as much as non-RTW states. (42 percent gain in total employment versus less than 19 percent
  • From 2001 to 2011, Right to Work states added 1.7 million jobs, while forced-union states lost more than 2 million.
  • West Virginia needs sustainable economic growth. This means jobs that pay employees high wages and have the opportunity for those wages to increase over time.
  • Fortunately, wages grow in RTW states. The Bureau of Economic Analysis found that from 2003 to 2013 private sector employee compensation for right-to-work states increased by 16 percent (excluding Indiana and Michigan, which became right-to-work only in 2012 and 2013, respectively).
  • 22 out of the top 25 states for economic outlook are Right to Work. 23 out of the bottom 25 states are forced-union. The difference is clear.
  • From 1992 to 2014, West Virginia lost over $500 million in adjusted gross income to Florida, $353 million to North Carolina, $251 million to South Carolina, and $212 million to Tennessee – all regional competitors, all Right to Work states. (IRS migration data)
  • 60% of West Virginians believe workers should not be forced to join a union or pay union dues.
  • RTW gives workers choice. It prevents workers from being fired for not joining or paying dues to a union, giving workers their right to freely associate.
  • RTW does not outlaw unions! With RTW unions can operate, but they can’t force individual workers to join or pay dues as a condition of employment.
  • RTW forces unions to better serve members, which is better for everyone. In fact, after Indiana adopted RTW, it led the country with 50,000 new union jobs in 2014.
  • RTW forces union officials to pay attention to individual workers on the job site, because workers will have a choice to not join or pay the union if they feel it is not serving their needs.