Constitutional amendment; right to work (first reference). (HJ640)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Saxman (R-Staunton) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Dave Nutter (R-Christiansburg), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); right to work. Provides that any agreement or combination between any employer and any labor union or labor organization whereby persons not members of such union or organization shall be denied the right to work for the employer, or whereby such membership is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or whereby any such union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any enterprise, is against public policy and an illegal combination or conspiracy. Read the Bill »


02/17/2009: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 097835712
12/08/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2009Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
02/02/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/06/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2009Passed by for the day
02/09/2009Passed by for the day
02/10/2009Taken up
02/10/2009Pending question, not ordered
02/10/2009Engrossed by House
02/10/2009Agreed to by House (55-Y 42-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (55-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Agreed to by House (56-Y 43-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION #2 (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Reading waived
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2009Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SJ347.


UE 160-Virginia Public Service Workers Union, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

We don't need a Constitutional amendment for this. It's already the law.