On January 21, 2016, the West Virginia Senate passed the Workplace Freedom Act (S.B. 1) along a party-line 17-16 vote. The bill, which would “prohibit any requirement that a person become or remain a member of a labor organization, or pay dues and fees to a labor union as a condition of employment,” will make its way to the House of Delegates where Republicans hold a substantial 63-34 majority.  Republican lawmakers in West Virginia have made right-to-work a foundation of their legislative agenda and believe they have the votes to override a possible veto by Democrat Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.  If the Workplace Freedom Act passes the House of Delegates and survives a gubernatorial veto, West Virginia will become the nation’s twenty-sixth right-to-work state.