Right to Work for Kentucky Counties

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Right-to-work laws are easy to understand. They simply give each individual worker the freedom to say "yes" or "no" to union membership and dues without losing their job.

“Right-to-work fits Kentucky’s ‘County Home Rule’ like the Wildcats fit in Rupp Arena. It protects workers from losing their jobs for refusing to become members of labor unions or pay dues while also serving as a county’s very own ‘open for business’ sign in a state that’s generally not.” –Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters


So far, these four counties have passed their second and final reading of right-to-work ordinances (return here for updates on additional counties passing their own right-to-work laws):

Warren County (the only vote so far cast against right-to-work was cast by outgoing Warren County Magistrate Tommy Hunt.)

Simpson County (unanimous)

Fulton County (unanimous)

Todd County (unanimous)


Ordinances in other counties are also in the adoption process.

Cumberland County unanimously passed a first reading and will hold a second reading before the end of January.

Hardin County, one of Kentucky's fastest-growing counties, unanimously passed a first reading in December and will hold a second reading on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

  • BIPARTISAN SUPPORT: Of the nearly 40 votes cast for right-to-work so far in Kentucky counties, a majority are Democrats.


Kentucky counties can pass right-to-work laws based on the commonwealth's strong and clear "County Home Rule" found in KRS 67.083. Learn more in this Bluegrass Beacon column.

Learn here why labor unions' claims that "freeloading" should prevent Kentucky from passing a right-to-work law are not relevant.


Counties that Have Adopted Right to Work Ordinances as of January 9, 2015

Fulton County

Simpson County

Todd County

Warren County