Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging right-to-work law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – In a legal victory for Kentucky’s Republican governor, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by organized labor leaders who challenged the state’s right-to-work law.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate rejected organized labor’s arguments that the 2017 law violates the state’s Constitution.

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The right-to-work law – which sailed through the GOP-led legislature in the first week of last year’s session – bans mandatory union fees in workplaces.

Bevin said Wednesday that the judge’s ruling confirms the right-to-work law is on solid legal ground.

He says the legal challenge was “appropriately smacked down.” An organized labor leader did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Right-to-work supporters say such laws create jobs. Opponents say the laws weaken labor unions, leading to lower wages and unsafe working conditions.

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1/24/2018 11:06:48 AM (GMT -5:00)

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