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'Right-To-Work' Legislation Comes To A Head In Kentucky

By wochit 09 January 2017

On Saturday Republican lawmakers in Kentucky will take up a bill that would make it the 27th U.S. state to allow workers the right to work in union-represented shops and receive union-negotiated benefits. This without paying dues to the representing body. Over the last few years, Republican lawmakers in a handful of states have passed similar so called "right-to-work" and anti-union laws. Supporters say the measures spur economic growth. Opponents, though, cast the laws as assaults on organized labor and blue-collar workers that limit union revenues.The effort to pass the legislation in Kentucky comes two months after Republicans won control of the state's General Assembly. It is the first time they've gained control since 1921.