The West Virginia legislature voted 18-16 in the Senate and 54-43 in the House of Delegates to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) veto of the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, making West Virginia the nation’s 26th Right to Work state. The law, effective July 1, gives workers the right to decide whether they want unions to take dues payments out of their paychecks. 

The West Virginia legislature also voted along partisan lines to override Gov. Tomblin’s veto of a law eliminating the state’s prevailing wage on public construction projects. The law, which takes effect in May, was backed by the West Virginia chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and other groups that favor wages established by the market rather than the government.