Lee Carter

Lee Carter, Delegate-Elect to Virginia's 50th District, speaks to the Prince William Chamber of Commerce at the Dec. 18 Legislative Breakfast at Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge.

Manassas lawmaker Del. Lee Carter, is sponsoring legislation to repeal the state’s right-to-work law, which says employees can’t be forced to join a labor union.

Carter, a self-described socialist, has filed House Bill 1806, which could force workers in Virginia to become union members and pay union dues as a condition of their employment.

Virginia is among 27 right-to-work states — a fact that business leaders often point to with pride. Carter’s bill aims to change that.

“Repealing it is bigger than just the actual technical changes that it would make,” said Thomas McIntire, Carter’s legislative aide. “It sends a signal to workers in Virginia saying that your voice matters.”

In right-to-work states, a workplace where employees are represented by a union is considered an “open shop," meaning people can work there without joining the union, and they can cancel their union membership at any time.

Critics of right-to-work laws say this allows freeloading: Non-union employees don’t pay union dues, but they benefit from the collective bargaining agreements negotiated by union leaders that can provide higher salaries, better benefits and improved working conditions for all employees.

Carter ran as a Democrat in winning the 50th House District seat representing Manassas and part of Prince William County in 2018. He wants to repeal the state law that says, “No person shall be required by an employer to become or remain a member of any labor union or labor organization as a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer.”

HB 1806 would allow “agency shops” or “union shops,” where all employees must pay the union either dues or a service fee.

“A collective bargaining agreement may include a provision establishing an agency shop or a union shop,” the bill says. “If such a provision is agreed to, the employer shall enforce it by deducting from the salary payments to members of the bargaining unit the dues required of membership in the labor union, or, for nonmembers thereof, a fee equivalent to such dues.”

McIntire said the fees would help the union provide better support to employees in the workplace.

Supporters of right-to-work laws say they are good for the economy.

States without such laws tend to have higher unemployment and a higher cost of living, said Scott Mayausky, commissioner of the revenue in Stafford County. That’s because compulsory union membership drives up the cost of goods and services, he said.

In such situations, a company’s costs can increase — and that worries Mayausky the most.

“Statistically, if you look at a lot of the Rust Belt states that are big union states, those are the ones that have been struggling economically, and a lot of their companies are leaving,” Mayausky said.

Mayausky had two grandfathers who were coal miners, so he understands the good that unions can bring. But he believes this isn’t the time for repealing the right-to-work law in Virginia.

“We’re doing very well,” Mayausky said. “I don’t understand the push to change the right-to-work law when things seem to be headed in the right direction.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Virginia has about 176,000 union members — approximately 4.6 percent of wage and salary workers in the state.

McIntire said it was important for Carter to file the bill, which is pending before the House Rules Committee.

“This is at the core of what Del. Carter stands for when it comes to worker rights,” McIntire said. “It’s important to get this in now as early as possible.”

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insidebugging

This is what happens when Virginia elects out of state idiots from up North. They ruined the economy in whatever blue state they came from and have to escape to a southern red state and then turn around and try to do the same crap down here,

The true definition of insanity is making the same mistakes over and over again and expecting a different outcome AKA as voting for communists like this tool.

Allen Muchnick

Delegate Carter is not "from up North"; he was born in North Carolina. He's also not a "communist".

In 2016, a majority of Virginia voters (53.62%) defeated a GOP-initiated ballot measure that would have enshrined Virginia's anti-worker "right-to-work" restrictions in our state constitution.

Kudos to Delegate Carter for drawing public attention to the need to finally repeal this misguided restriction on organized labor.

Studies show that employee wages are higher in states without the misnamed "right-to-work" restrictions. Taxpayer costs for public welfare programs will be reduced substantially when all full-time workers earn a living wage and their families receive decent healthcare benefits,

Cultured2014

dumbest reply ever. big companies flock to area's that have right to work laws. Thus, the pool of jobs is greater. Right to Work ensures that only the best are hired and the best remain. no one should be forced to join organized labor are you crazy? A socialist is not a communist, but the apple doesnt fall far from that tree. Rescinding right to work will cause an exodus of jobs from the state and make everyone worse off. your statement about higher wages is false too

Allen Muchnick

"Wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than those in non-RTW states, after controlling for a full complement of individual demographic and socioeconomic factors as well as state macroeconomic indicators. This translates into RTW being associated with $1,558 lower annual wages for a typical full-time, full-year worker."

https://www.epi.org/publication/right-to-work-states-have-lower-wages/

Cultured2014

Epi is Pro union..what do you think they would say. Not true, does not bear out in real life

Cultured2014

not sure if the guy is from the north, but his idea's are. i suspect he'll be like Roem, a one term delegate who does absolutely nothing

Rebel

Comrade del carter is pushing the democratic socialist agenda! One must submit to the party or else be punished!
So much for freedom of choice!
Right comrade carter?

Allen Muchnick

You obviously don't understand the adjective "democratic" in "democratic socialism".

Citizen52

Mr. Muchnick, although it does appear that Rebel doesn’t understand democratic socialism, I believe that he’s being ironic.

tman

In both the 2012 and 2014 election cycles, unions spent over $550 million on federal, state, and local candidates, according to the nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics. Nearly all of this went to Democrats. Back in 1990, when union membership was 16 percent of employees, political spending by unions stood at an inflation-adjusted $9 million.

Unions use some of these contributions for their strong opposition to Right to Work legislation. RTW restores workers’ rights to choose not to join a union as a condition of employment. This is a losing battle as 25 states now have RTW laws. To avoid losing business, other states will become RTW. Wisconsin was the most recent to join the ranks, following its neighbors Indiana and Michigan, and some counties in Kentucky have declared that they are RTW.

Many states are working to pass RTW because giving employees the freedom to not join a union attracts business and leads to higher economic growth. According to research by Ohio University professor Richard Vedder, from 1977 to 2012, RTW states saw an extra 11.5 percentage points in economic growth compared to non-RTW states. These results control for population growth and industry concentration.

Cultured2014

100 percent correct, unlike the other person above who said repealing RTW would provide higher wages, in fact it lowers them...especially in the higher salary grades. it also causes an exodus of companies, making them move to other right to work locations..thus pulling the jobs with them. kinda hard to have a higher wage when you have no job to drive it.

ManassasBro

This dude has no clue where jobs come from. Also, has no clue that property value comes from property rights.

Local union 639

Support your local union. Support carter and him trying to help the unions. I support him 100%

todd6263

Good thing you are a union member. Without them telling them you how you have to vote, how would you know what to do?

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Good to see Localrider as eloquent as ever.

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Glad InsideNoVA deleted your “well thought out” comment and your “statement” here is more of an insult than truly wanting to know one’s thoughts and beliefs. So that, too, will be ignored, as if it was deleted too.....as anything Localrider posts.

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insidebugging

Jose jorge must have some pull at insidenova because anytime someone called him out on his racist talk their comment gets deleted. Just like when Jose said he would welcome ms-13 illegal aliens moving into Prince William county and insidenova blocked everyone’s outrage repies.

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Joseph George for Neabsco District

Ah, insidebugging, expressing falsehoods that no one actually believes, especially since Localrider was going after someone else’s comment about unions, which disproves his comment. If insidebugging was legit, he’d provide details of which article, day, and date, which of course would be too difficult for him to produce, since he’s lying.

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insidebugging

Wow! How many times have you said that you’d would welcome MS-13 into Prince William county that you can’t even remember the time I called you out on it and you had to go cry to your girlfriend at insidenova and have her delete my comments???

I can’t wait for the next elections and hear how you are going to explain to the voters that we have so many empty desks, classrooms and teachers that we can give away free seats to ms-13 illegals ...

You sir are a complete joke and traitor to the black community and the county as a whole. But, please continue with your fantasy as to how ms-13 is just as important as the citizens of the county. Everyone is dying to hear your explanation!

When you’re done with that fantasy continue with your next fantasy that revoking RTW is going to increase wages and attract new companies to move into your socialist paradise?

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Joseph George for Neabsco District

Insidebugging, please continue avoiding providing the source of your delusion since it was SO MANY times. Provide ONE source, date, and time of when I made that statement. Even if I had the power to have your comment deleted, that means MY comment is still posted. Go ahead and provide the information......or continue showing how "out of touch" you are.

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starman

[lol] Insidebugging is showing a level or paranoia and delusion I thought only CCW had.

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I’m glad I’m not the only one that sees that starman.

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Allen Muchnick

How is it acceptable for Localrider to refer to Mr. George as "boy" in three separate comments?

Joseph George for Neabsco District

Allen, thank you, but people like Localrider like to hide behind anonymity to say what they want without accountability. Maybe he thought because I’m African-American, calling me “boy” would anger me, but instead it just validated my point about them.

Localrider

Because the world is not your personal safe space, punkin. Suck it up and deal with it.

Localrider

Tell you what Joe, if you would like to have debate in person I'm all for it. You name the venue.

Localrider

Lee Carter opposes the Micron deal. Do you? As someone who ran for a seat on the school board, you are probably aware that tax revenue pays for our schools. Surely, the tax revenue help PW County Schools, therefore you must see Lee Carter for the uneducated fool that he is.

Citizen52

It is not appropriate.

Citizen52

My union did virtually nothing for us. I hated having to belong to a union when I lived in another state. They kept raising our dues and money went to support candidates I personally didn’t support. Then, the high paid union lawyers and union leaders held expensive state meetings. It made me sick. The meager raises we received only covered the repetitively higher dues we paid. It was a relief to come to Virginia where I didn’t have to join. Government positions can become unionized, also. If you look at the most recent studies of states with the greatest debt (including GMU) they’re almost all union states. Unions demanding unreasonable increases and benefits on the backs of taxpayers contributes to this. Even FDR was against public sector jobs being unionized. There are many laws to protect workers, now. Union membership should not be forced on workers. Making workers join unions is regressive, not progressive. Keep right-to-work!

Citizen52

My comment could be misconstrued. GMU doesn’t have the debt. GMU did a study.

Localrider

Carter's GOP opposition needs to start pushing for clarity on his stances like taking over the means of production the by state. We know that's what he and his flithy, lying, Marxist cohorts ultimately plan to do. Once he's admitted it, his time in office is over, he'll be voted out. The only question remains is, will he leave office peacefully after his defeat. Marxists don't like to give up power without a fight.

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ghambrick

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Localrider

Be fair and objective in those comments in which you delete. Why are you so quick to quash opinions that you do not agree with? That's the problem with so-called journalists these days, you inject opinion, not facts. You'll probably delete this because you've been called on your BS.

InfoWars has room for you Localrider or reach out to my email address and we can debate to your little heart's content.

Localrider

I was mistaken. you're not reachable. It would be a waste of time for any rational thinking individual to try to show you how truly twisted and f'd up your thinking processes are.

starman

You're hardly what would be considered a rational thinking person Localrider, that's obvious.

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ghambrick

Every comment that is removed violates our terms of use. It has nothing to do with opinions.

When you become a rational person, we’re more than willing to discuss. I’m still awaiting that email to link up publicly.

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