Kentucky counties make unprecedented push for right-to-work laws

by Garrett Tenney,
January 24, 2015

Local governments in Kentucky are taking matters into their own hands in a bid to battle union influence and, they say, make their communities more business-friendly.

Kentucky is one of the last states in the South that does not have a so-called right-to-work law, which bar unions from forcing workers to pay dues. But surrounding states like Tennessee do — and counties along Kentucky’s southern border say they’re tired of losing jobs to other southern states.

So, in an unprecedented step, county leaders are passing their own right-to-work laws, even as the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in the state capital refuses to consider one.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • ijohnc1 says:

    Unions are becoming archaic, they serves as fronts for the crooked union bosses who give the members money to the democratic/communists, whether the members like it or not.
    The right to work states have the good fortune of a lower cost of living, and full employment and are paying taxes for those union states can now get up to four years unemployment benefits, courtesy of FUTA.
    As for getting unions in South Carolina, not going to happen, just like the Volkswagen debacle.
    Bad products, poor job performance, laggards, just a few of the unintended union benefits you get from unionization.

    1. I Seigel says:

      Ah, so Republicans, and the Tea Party in particular, are really for management and corporations and the 1%. And screw the middle and lower classes, the real workers and wage-earners and tax payers. Thanks for clarifying, Mr. Rich Guy. It’s so nice that YOU never have to set foot in a WalMart, like the rest of us do.

      1. ijohnc1 says:

        Der Seigel, good to hear from you with your usual tripe, unions are their own worst enemy, never making up for going on strikes, over increases in pay and benefits, the reason the big 3 automotive companies moved to Mexico is because of the agreement your president slick willy got passed called nafta, the reason Delta faucet, Moen and many other companies couldn’t sustain the labor cost and poor quality, the list is endless.
        Myself I was a small business owner, and proud of it, our employees were treated excellent, and had worked for major companies we were more amenable to making sure their needs were met, as a small business coalition we lobbied for a health care program that people like Benghazi Hillary, Tom Daschle, Ted Kennedy kept off the table, so don’t go spouting off to me about unions, I dropped UPs because I got tired of a large foot print in any package I got, then after their strike I would have to pay to have them stop for a pickup, along with the freight charge, I now use FEDEX, they are not union, work Saturdays and the packages arrive clean and on time, with no foot prints, so der siegel keep beating the union drum and drinking the koolaid, cause unions are going the way of the DoDo bird only a matter of time.
        P.S. I also shop at Wal-marts

  • I Seigel says:

    It’s hard not to see the irony here. The folks here cheer when news comes up breaking up unions (like in Wisconsin) or not letting them organize (like in South Carolina). Then you all whine and complain when the government puts out positive jobs reports, and you say the jobs are all low-paying. Can you please decide.? Decent jobs with decent benefits – many protected by unionization – or crappy, low-paying “right to work” jobs?

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