Right to Work for Kentucky Counties
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 counties have passed their second and final reading of right-to-work ordinances:
Warren County (As of January 9, 2015, the only vote cast against right-to-work was by outgoing Warren County Magistrate Tommy Hunt.)
Simpson County (unanimous)
Todd County (unanimous)
Whitley County (unanimous)
Logan County (unanimous)
Boone County (unanimous)
Ordinances in other counties are also in the adoption process. Currently, counties that have passed a first reading of a Right-to-Work ordinance include:
Note that Right-to-Work votes in various counties have been bi-partisan as Simpson County Judge Executive Jim Henderson explains here.
Learn here why labor unions' claims that "freeloading" should prevent Kentucky from passing a right-to-work law are not relevant.
Read more information about Right-to-Work here.
Updated March 17, 2015 (Return here for updates on additional counties passing their own right-to-work laws)