Right to Work States: 28 & Stalled

The national wave of states adopting right to work legislation hit a bump and stalled this past week when the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted to kill Senate Bill 55, which would have prohibited any Colorado company from requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The demise of SB 55…

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Court Strikes Local Right to Work Law

Well, we now have competing federal court decisions on the question of whether local communities and counties can establish their own right to work laws. This week, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois struck down a local right-to-work law adopted by the town of Lincolnshire, approximately 30 miles north of Chicago.…

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Kentucky Becomes 27th Right-To-Work State

Notwithstanding the above, Kentucky effectively mooted the aforementioned Hardin County court case when Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed Kentucky right to work legislation into law last Saturday.  The newly republican-controlled Kentucky Senate moved quickly to get the bill before the governor after the House (also boasting a republican majority) passed the bill last week.  The…

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State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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Labor Wants “Do-over” on Right to Work Challenge

The United Auto Workers and other unions asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week to rehear their challenge to Hardin County, Kentucky’s right-to-work ordinance. As we reported just two weeks ago, the 6th Circuit upheld the county law and by extension, several others throughout Kentucky (which is the only southern state that has…

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Local Right-to-Work Laws Upheld in Kentucky

There are currently 26 states (more than half the country) that have enacted right-to-work laws – prohibiting non-union members from being forced to pay union dues against their will – but Kentucky is not one of them.  And, with the Kentucky House controlled by pro-union democratic representatives, the votes were not there to enact right-to-work…

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Minimum Wages Struck Down by Kentucky Court

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has ruled local minimum wages invalid in the cities of Louisville and Lexington.  In a 6-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled that the two communities lacked the legal authority to establish specific minimum on private employers.  The case was initiated in 2014 after Louisville became the first community in…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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Kentucky Could Be #26

Exactly one half of all states in the country, 25 states, are officially “right-to-work” states and now, the odds are that Kentucky could become #26 with last week’s election of right-to-work supporter Matt Bevin as Kentucky Governor.  Bevin ran on a platform that staunchly supported enacting right to work laws in Kentucky.  “Right-to-work” laws allow…

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Kentucky, Kalifornia?

I had to read it a couple of times to be sure I got it right, but unfortunately, I had.  The state of Kentucky, home of GOP Presidential Candidate Senator Rand Paul and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, became the latest to mandate arbitrary $10.10/hour minimum wage for some of its employees!  Governor Steve…

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