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Labor Rights and Enforcement: West Virginia

Labor Rights and Enforcement requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan Borowski, Reliable Writing Services


  • The State of West Virginia regulates private sector labor relations by means of the West Virginia Labor-Management Relations Act for the Private Sector (LMRA). See Labor-Management Relations Act.
  • The LMRA grants right similar to the National Labor Relations Act and is administered by the Labor Board. See Labor-Management Relations Act.
  • West Virginia does not have a collective bargaining statute governing public employees. See Public Sector Labor Relations.
  • Public employers do not have a duty to bargain with employees and public employees have limited rights, including no right to strike. See Public Sector Labor Relations.
  • An employee may not be eligible for unemployment unemployment benefits for any week or portion of a week in which he or she does not work due to a strike or other bona fide labor dispute, even if he or she did not participate. See Strikes