- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge in Kanawha County has issued a preliminary injunction blocking West Virginia’s new “right-to-work” law.

WCHS-TV reports Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey said Wednesday she wants to resolve the issue of a permanent injunction within two or three months.

The AFL-CIO and 10 other unions are seeking the injunction. The law took effect for new and updated contracts starting July 1.

Unions also want their separate challenges combined.

The unions contend the law is an illegal taking of union property and resources. State Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts, a right-to-work advocate, said the challenge was not unexpected.

The legislation allows employees in union shops to opt out of paying union dues. Employees still receive union benefits and representation, whether they pay dues or not.

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