Right to Work

Becca Schimmel, WKU Public Radio

The head of the company that is planning to build a $1.3 billion aluminum plant in eastern Kentucky claims the state’s new right-to-work law will help it undercut competitors.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says action to ban local "right-to-work" zones is "a damaging loss for the economic competitiveness of Illinois."

Becca Schimmel

A Kentucky economist said the state isn’t seeing the kind of employment growth it needs to make up for recession-era job losses.

Courtesy Teamsters Local 175

 

The Ohio Valley once helped give rise to the labor movement. Now the region is seeing a move toward “right-to-work” laws, which unions oppose. Proponents say the laws attract new businesses but opponents say there’s little evidence to support that. Becca Schimmel of the Ohio Valley ReSource has a closer look. 

WKU Public Radio

  Workers at unionized companies in Kentucky will be able to stop paying union dues or fees once contracts negotiated between their employers and unions expire.

CREDIT KEVIN NEAL FOR MARSHALL COUNTY JUDGE-EXECUTIVE VIA FACEBOOK

Marshall County Judge Executive Kevin Neal issued a statement this week opposing the recently passed ‘Right to Work’ bill.

WKU Public Radio, via WFPL

The Kentucky General Assembly is on track to approve legislation to make Kentucky a so-called right-to-work state by Saturday night. For Republicans, this is the culmination of years of championing the issue.

Ryland Barton, via Twitter

House Republicans have advanced two bills targeting labor unions in Kentucky. A House committee approved bills Wednesday that would ban mandatory labor union membership and repeal the state's prevailing wage law. 

Ryland Barton, WFPL

Ending mandatory labor union membership is the top priority of the new Republican majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

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A federal appeals court has validated Hardin County’s right-to-work law, which prohibits companies from requiring workers to pay union dues. The order reverses a lower court ruling.

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