Virginia General Assembly

Right to word needs to be 'chipped in stone'

This letter is in reply to Dan Foley's letter of Oct. 22 on the proposed "Right to Work" amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Mr. Foley's letter also addressed the issue of the need for union representation in general; I will save response to that for another day.

Mr. Foley's statement that forced union membership has been illegal since 1947 is incorrect. The Taft- Hartley Act of 1947 only gave to the individual states the right to outlaw agreements between employers and unions to require union membership as a condition of employment. Today 26 states have enacted right to work laws, including Virginia.

So why the Amendment? Mr. Foley's statement that the purpose...