Legislative gridlock has blocked right-to-work laws in half of American states, including Kentucky. Twelve Kentucky counties recently bypassed that opposition. Using the powers the Kentucky Legislature delegated them under a “Home Rule” law they passed local right-to-work ordinances. These ordinances protect over a half-million Kentucky residents.
Since passage these local ordinances have attracted attention and investment from dozens of businesses. They also attracted a lawsuit. The United Auto Workers and eight other unions filed suit against Hardin County’s right-to-work ordinance in federal district court. The court set a May 8 deadline for brief submission. A ruling is expected sometime this summer.
Join us for a discussion of the legal and policy merits of the County’s arguments for local-right-to-work. Jason Nemes, Counsel for Hardin County, will explain the County’s legal rationale and give his assessment of the UAW’s arguments. Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute, will discuss the economic benefits the counties have experienced.
More About the Speakers
Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens PLC,
Representing Hardin County in UAW V. Hardin County
President, The Bluegrass Institute
Research Fellow, Labor Economics