IN 23 states - Indiana is the latest to join the club - government lets workers decide for themselves whether they want to join a union and pay dues.
Want to? You can.
Don't want to? The state won't compel you to join or pay dues.
West Virginia is not one of the 23 right-to-work states.
This has economic and political consequences.
State Sen. Karen Facemyer, R-Jackson, took to the floor of the Senate recently to urge support for a bill that would let West Virginians decide for themselves as well.
Facemyer didn't give her bill a snowball's chance in heck - Democrats control the governorship, the state Senate and the House of Delegates, and union leaders overwhelmingly support Democrats - but she thinks the subject should be discussed.
Indeed it should be.
As executive director of the Polymer Alliance Zone, Facemyer attends trade shows to promote investment in West Virginia.
She told the Daily Mail's Jared Hunt that companies like West Virginia because its budget is balanced, it is reducing corporate tax rates, and its workers compensation and unemployment compensation systems are healthy.
But some companies also ask:
Is West Virginia a right-to-work state?
They don't want the hassle of communicating with their employees through an outside, sometimes hostile, organization.
And let's face it: Companies invest where they want to.
There is all kinds of evidence that many choose to invest in right-to-work states, and further evidence that right-to-work states do better economically. The subject has been intensively studied.
West Virginians complain bitterly, for example, about loss of their children and about low per capita income.
• Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore, co-authors of "Return to Prosperity: How America Can Regain its Economic Superpower Status," in a column in the Wall Street Journal:
"Between 2000 and 2008, 4.8 million Americans moved from forced union states. That's one person every minute every day."