Kentucky’s right-to-work law upheld in court

On Tuesday, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state’s right-to-work law, which passed in the 2017 session, claiming the new law violates the state’s constitution. Right-to-work allows employees to choose whether to join a union and prohibits membership as a condition of employment.  Kentucky was the 27th state to adopt this law.

Since right-to-work’s passage in the 2017 General Assembly, Kentucky has secured over $9.2 billion in private capital investment. Companies like Braidy Industries, a $1.3 billion-dollar investment, cite right-to-work as one of the key factors in coming to Kentucky.

A press release from Gov. Matt Bevin’s office said, “the Court’s decision rejected the labor unions’ arguments and concluded that the General Assembly acted both reasonably and rationally in determining that House Bill 1 would bring increased jobs and investment to Kentucky.”

“The lawsuit is a desperate attempt by union bosses to restore their forced dues powers over workers, and if it were actually successful it would threaten the record investment and tens of thousands of new jobs created since Right to Work was enacted,” said Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Foundation. “Instead of wasting more of their members’ money by appealing this ruling, union officials ought to be working to gain the voluntary support of the workers they claim to represent.”

Click here to see a copy of the Franklin Circuit Court’s full ruling.

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