Kentucky Supreme Court upholds ‘Right to Work’ Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled Kentucky’s ‘Right to Work’ law is constitutional.

This morning the court upheld the law which allows employees to opt-out of paying union dues.

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In a four to three vote Kentucky’s Supreme Court upheld the ‘Right to Work’ law passed back in 2017.

The law, backed by Governor Matt Bevin and the republican-led legislature prevents unions from requiring employees to pay union dues.

Union leaders challenged the law in court saying it violated Kentucky’s constitution by treating union workers unequally.

But in the majority opinion, Justice Larry Vanmeter wrote, the unions challenges were “without merit,” continuing on to say, “in this area of economic legislation, the legislature and the executive branch make the policy, not the courts.”

Governor Matt Bevin reacted to the news on Twitter writing, “Kentucky is experiencing unprecedented economic growth” and is sending a clear message to the world that it is open for business.

But union leaders say they don’t think that business is the kind Kentuckians should want.

“If the employees are coming to try and get a lower wage, low skilled employees, what kind of jobs are those going to be? What kind of jobs are they trying to bring to this state? That’s what we have to ask ourselves as Kentuckians,” said Michael Philbeck, president of Teamsters Local 651.