By David Hylton
The first ballot question is:
Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?
If the measure is passed, it puts the current Right to Work law that already in effect into the constitution. It would also make it more difficult for labor laws to change in the future.
"If passed, the amendment would prohibit companies from making it mandatory for you to be a member of a union in order to work there, or denying you employment because you're not part of the union," NBC29 reports.
The second ballot question is:
Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?
If this measure passes, it will be up to individual localities whether or not allow the exemption for certain spouses of emergency providers if they die in the line of duty.
Click here for full details on both ballot questions.