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 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)

Fulton County (unanimous)

Todd County (unanimous)

Hardin County

Cumberland County

Whitley County (unanimous)

Butler County

Logan County (unanimous)

Rockcastle County

Boone County (unanimous)

Monroe County


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:

Adair County

Pulaski County

Oldham County

Kenton County


Note that Right-to-Work votes in various counties have been bi-partisan as Simpson County Judge Executive Jim Henderson explains here.

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.

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)