Jeff Schapiro on Why Wisconsin Can’t Happen Here


    Jeff Schapiro gives us a quick review of Virginia’s history as a state that’s unfriendly to organized labor. Today, as Schapiro points out, so-called “right to work” (Leslie Byrne far more accurately called it the “right to be poor”) is an article of faith among Virginia Republicans and (many if not most) Virginia Democrats. That’s extremely unfortunate, and it puts the oft-repeated claim about how Virginia’s so “business friendly” in a much darker light than it’s usually portrayed. Not that there’s anything wrong with being “friendly” to business, but if it means being “unfriendly” to workers, that’s most definitely something that shouldn’t be happening here.

    • Va Breeze

      by Warner and Kaine alike

      should be a mark of shame

    • VADEM

      is weak here. the only fairly big union is the CWA Verizon locals, a few AT & T locals. That’s it. SEIU has a small presence, not alot. I don’t really see why VA has an AFL-CIO office here.


    • john_brown_underground

      I wonder what can be done? There has to be a way around VA’s draconian laws. So, it won’t be unions around here. What will it be?