Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
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Rep. Rob Wittman
Sen. Mark Warner
Sen. Tim Kaine

March 24, 2013

 Good morning.

I hope you are well.

I am confused about the right to bargain collectively in Virginia. I thought it was a right that is denied to citizens of Virginia. I am concerned, in particular, about teachers.

So, I was reading the article the other day in the Richmond Times Dispatch about the United Steel Workers being on the verge of entering into a 52 month agreement with Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding. The proposed 52-month agreement would cover nearly 11,000 members of United Steelworkers Local 8888.

So, my question is simple,really, even though the answer may be complicated or, as seems to be more customary, vague and elusive.

It appears that some Virginia citizens are allowed to belong to unions in Virginia and to collectively bargain while that right is denied to others.........specifically, teachers.

Why is that? Does that seem fair to you? What is the process to get that changed? Is changing it a cause that you support and promote?

Thanks and be well.

King George , VA