The Virginia State Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee recently passed a bill calling for a state amendment protecting workers’ right to a secret ballot in union elections. The legislation is expected to come to a floor vote in January when the Senate is back in session.
Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), who introduced the measure, commented that, “[this] amendment is essential if we are going to preserve voter integrity and privacy. No citizen should be forced to reveal how they voted in any election, be it a federal, state, local or a union election.”
Don’t get your hopes up too fast, though, The process of getting a Constitutional amendment on the ballot takes at least two years and involves two full votes by both the House of Delegates and the State Senate before it can be voted on by the full electorate.
While the Dominion State is already a right-to-work state, this measure is another step in limiting the power that unions have over their members. The legislation is a response to proposed federal card check legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, authored by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
This news comes less than 24 hours after Michigan, home to some of the most powerful unions in the nation, became the country’s newest right-to-work state. Including Michigan, 24 states are currently right-to-work states.