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Michigan may embolden WV union foes

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Michigan's recent move to ban unions from collecting mandatory dues from workers may raise the profile of that and similar issues at the West Virginia Legislature's next session.

Champions of the policy known as right-to-work include Republicans in the House of Delegates, who plan an aggressive agenda after nearly erasing the Democrats' majority in last month's election. GOP lawmakers have also targeted the prevailing wage law, which sets minimum pay levels for certain public works projects.

The timing appears bad for West Virginia's labor unions. They supported the Democratic legislative candidates who lost in November.

Unions represent around 15 percent of the state's workers, which is higher than the national average.

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead said his caucus has yet to decide its final agenda for the upcoming session.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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