Despite the departure of four of their own, Kentucky House Democrats should be able to keep the Republican "right to work" wolf away from organized labor’s door. Prevailing wage repeal, another long-cherished Republican goal, also faces an unlikely future in the South's only Democratic-majority legislative chamber.
Park Hills, Ky., resident and airline pilot Stuart Morrison recently wrote a great op-ed for Cincinnati.com ripping apart the push for "right to work" in his home state by outsiders with an agenda that doesn't help Kentucky. Take a look.
In Warren County, Ky., a fiscal court has given preliminary approval to a local "right to work" for less ordinance. The measure is worded as to prevent any worker covered by the National Labor Relations Act from being required to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. Since it is already illegal in the United States to require workers to join unions, the real focus of the measure is to weaken workers in negotiations with employers for decent wages and benefits. Instead of passing illegal ordinances that are a big waste of time and resources for the county, those efforts should be spent in other ways like focusing on raising wages for Warren County residents.
If you're in Kentucky, call the fiscal court today and tell them you oppose the right to work ordinance: 1-855-721-3304.
Something stinks in Kentucky politics. A "think" tank, supposedly with the interest of Kentuckians at heart, but funded by extreme out-of-state interests, is pushing policies that will hurt the state's working families. Take a look at the Bluegrass Institute.
Monday’s debate, between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell in the race for McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, “demonstrated the clear contrast, between Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed ‘guardian of gridlock,’ and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who offered sensible and compassionate responses coupled with an understanding of the challenges facing working Kentuckians,” said Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan.
“A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one,” legendary former U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn famously once observed.
Kentucky unions think they have a master carpenter in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who is after Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job. The barn McConnell wants to bash is organized labor, says the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, which endorsed Grimes last year because of her commitment to working families.
Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Bluegrass State Democrat who wants Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job, is expected to join Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo and former Gov. Julian Carroll in firing up a union crowd at Paducah’s Oct. 11 “Battleground Kentucky: Stand Up and Fight Back in the 2014 War on Labor” rally.