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 in the Bluegrass state. In response, a number of local counties used their “home rule authority” over the past few years and enacted right-to-work within their own jurisdiction. A Kentucky local of the United Auto Workers (UAW) challenged their authority in that regard and prevailed in federal District Court. Last Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decided UAW v Hardin County in favor of the county and overturned the lower court. In the recent election, voters in Kentucky elected a republican (and pro-right to work) majority in the House (the Senate retained republican control), so it is anticipated that right-to-work will soon be enacted statewide. The more significant impact of the decision could come into play in Ohio (also served by the Sixth Circuit Court) where local communities can now enact their own local right-to-work mandates (Ohio hasn’t passed right to work either). An appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) would not be heard presumably before a Trump appointed justice (more likely pro-right to work) joined the court.