Virginia senators are considering legislation, House Bill 582, which would:
- Institute mandatory collective bargaining between Virginia state and local government employers and unions.
- Create a state “Public Employee Relations Board” that the Virginia American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, better known as AFL-CIO, gets to help appoint its own preferred member to.
- Remove secret ballot voting from public employees, allowing unions to organize via a non-private signature process, which could lead to intimidation and coercion.
This legislation would have multiple consequences. One would be that unions would receive personal contact information including home addresses and personal emails of both members and nonmembers, without consent.
Another would be that, to end payments to the union, an individual would have to put a request through union leaders — a topic that is being challenged in litigation in dozens of states.
Yet another consequence is that research indicates that mandatory collective bargaining laws cost families of four $2,300-$3,000 more each year by making the cost of government more expensive.
Mandatory bargaining takes important public policy decisions away from the public’s eye, leading to policies that harm workers, government performance, and ultimately the livelihood of all Virginia residents.
There are so many reasons to oppose HB582. Send state senators a letter today, urging them to vote “NO” on this legislation.