“If … employees can obtain the services of a union to negotiate and administer a contract without having to pay either union dues or the agency fees, they would – naturally and predictably – be seriously discouraged from joining a union.” Above is an excerpt from Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey's explanation for her decision last August to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of our state's new right-to-work law.
“My biggest disappointment is a majority in Congress ignored the will of the people,” explained Joe Pizarchik, recently ousted director of the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, to a sympathetic ear at Politico. “They ignored the interests of the people in coal country.” Pizarchik, of course, personally speaks for all of West Virginia.
Edward R. Kohout has been suspended at least three times in the course of his legal career: once by the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham and twice by our Supreme Court of Appeals, this last time permanently. In case you're wondering, he was suspended from law school after being caught selling books he'd stolen from the university bookstore.