A Republican-majority legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and passed a right-to-work law on February 12, making West Virginia the 26th right-to-work state. (Right-to-work laws prohibit employers from requiring union membership or payment of union dues as a condition of employment.) Employers with collective bargaining agreements applicable to employees based or working substantial amounts of time in West Virginia should be aware of the new law and its effect on union security clauses requiring union membership. The law is expected to diminish the power of unions to police their membership in strike situations through fines and other discipline. Whether this will draw new business to West Virginia remains to be seen. The law will take effect July 1.