Virginia rejected a Right-to-Work constitutional amendment Tuesday, as unions beat back an effort to further tip the national balance away from organized labor requirements.
Right now, 26 states have Right to Work protections, which protect employment rights regardless of workers’ status as a union member. Virginia’ General Assembly voted in February to put the issue in front of voters as a ballot issue.
Tuesday’s vote also affects Right to Work prospects for at least four other states.
Alabama, already a Right to Work state, voted to enshrine the protection as a constitutional amendment. In Montana, Missouri and Kentucky, electoral outcomes are expected to affect nascent right to work efforts.