FRANKFORT, KY — The Kentucky House of Representatives has finally passed a long awaited right-to-work bill. If signed into law, this bill would make it illegal for workers to be forced to join unions or pay union dues to keep a job.
This bill, filed as HB1, has been a priority for Republicans for many years, but has failed due to a Democratic majority in the House for almost a century. However, Republicans gained a supermajority on November 8th allowing the bill to pass with a 58-39 majority vote.
Opponents of the bill say that it will weaken labor unions’ bargaining power which might lead to a lower wage. However, many emphasize that passing right-to-work legislation will attract more jobs to Kentucky.
House Speaker Jeff Hoover said the legislature will likely hold a rare Saturday session to make sure the bill reaches Gov. Matt Belvin’s desk before taking a three-week recess. If the bill passes the Republican controlled Senate, as expected, it will be the 27th state to pass right-to-work legislation.
Here are some reactions to the bill:
— KY House Republicans (@KYHouseGOP) January 5, 2017
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 4, 2017
— Alison L. Grimes (@AlisonForKY) January 5, 2017