Union: Politicians Concealed Emails Over Right-to-Work Study

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A trade union says West Virginia University and the state Senate concealed emails about right-to-work legislation, going against the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The Register-Herald reports that the two lawsuits filed last week by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters contend $17,000 in state money was used to fund a study for the GOP’s anti-work objective, rather than independently studying the impact on the state and its citizens.

So-called “right to work” states prohibit companies from requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

State lawmakers passed right-to-work legislation last week then voted to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto.

The lawsuits name Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, WVU and Professor of Business and Economics John Deskins as defendants. The defendants didn’t return the newspaper’s requests for comment.