High hopes for Kentucky re: Right to Work

Monday, November 9, 2015
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

construction site workersBig Labor may say otherwise, but Kentucky could become the next Right to Work state?

As explained by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc., a Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union.

Currently, there are 25 Right to Work states -- Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana being the newest ones to the bunch. However, counties in Kentucky have made Right to Work laws on a local level, and with the election of a new Republican governor who favors Right to Work policy, supporters of Right to Work are optimistic of seeing a statewide law.

"We have made great strides in the last year, specifically on a local, county-by-county Right to Work effort," reports Julia Bright Crigler, state director of Americans for Prosperity Kentucky, an organization advocating for Right to Work.

Crigler

"We have passed Right to Work in 12 different counties, which makes us very unique," she continues. "We're the first state in the country to do Right to Work by ordinance. Several of these counties -- Logan and Fulton County specifically -- came out strong for our former governor in 2011. They are counties that have 3-1 Democrat registration. They're also counties we happened to pass Right to Work in this year by majorities of mixed partisanship, and this year we saw a huge turnout with Governor-elect [Matt] Bevin in those counties."

AFL-CIO and other labor organizations have long argued that states with Right to Work laws have lower wages and incomes, among other things. At the same time, however, proponents of Right to Work maintain that is misleading.

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