Law and Politics

‘Right to Work’ Bill ‘Off the Table’ in Kentucky

April 1, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Lexington, KY – Republicans in the Kentucky legislature withdrew a so-called “right-to-work” bill this month, after Democrats won three of four special elections to preserve a narrow majority in the state House. State Senate President Robert Stivers announced Mar. 18 that the measure was “off the table this session,” for the “sole reason” that Democrats had sustained a 53-47 majority in the March 8 voting.

Republicans have a 27-11 majority in the Senate, and Gov. Matt Bevin, a Tea Party Republican elected last November, supported banning the union shop. Kentucky is the only Southern state that allows union shops, and the state House is the only chamber in a southern legislature with a Democratic majority. “There could not be a clearer picture for our members,” Bill Finn, head of the Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council, said in a statement, “that their vote matters than President Stivers’ admission that a Republican majority in the House would have passed [the bill].” Read more

March 31, 2016

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