Virginia’s Constitution is a sacred document and does not need to be changed. This amendment is simply the latest move in the partisan political trend to attack working families. Virginia’s Constitution was designed to protect the rights of the citizens of the Commonwealth. This amendment, however, is an attempt to enshrine an existing law designed to infringe upon the rights of workers and stifle collective voices.
There are many, many laws included in the Code of Virginia, including a right to work law that was enacted nearly 70 years ago. We have to wonder: why is it suddenly necessary to add just one of those laws to the Constitution?
Virginia state legislators should focus on policies that strengthen communities, fund schools, fix the crumbling infrastructure, raise wages, and create good jobs for hard working Virginians. This amendment is a distraction from the real issues and an enormous waste of legislators’ time and taxpayers’ money. The ballot measure alone is expected to cost more than $131,000 of taxpayer funds – funds that, among other things, could have bought books for school children or filled the potholes in roads. Virginia’s working families deserve better!