The controversial labor law was approved by the Legislature just over three years ago. It said that employees in a union workplace should not have to pay dues if they chose not to become union members.

Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey tossed out the law saying it amounted to the taking of union resources.

Proponents said it would create more jobs in West Virginia, but unions disagreed.

All sides will have 30-days to review the judge’s decision in this case, but then it’s more than likely the case will wind up at the West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals.

Of the five states that border West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia have right-to-work laws. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland do not. Just over half the country, 27 states, have right to work laws.