FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Thursday, Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, joined a 14-state coalition of attorneys general in sending a letter to U.S. Senate leadership that opposes a bill requiring workers to join unions.
The “Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021,” or “PRO Act,” would negate state right-to-work laws and require workers to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs.
The Attorneys General writes that, “forcing someone to be a member of a union against their will and then confiscating their pay for the gain of union leadership is the antithesis of the democratic principles on which this country was founded.”
The letter from the attorneys general also points out that unions have long fought Right-to-Work laws, but the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected arguments that tried to overturn them.
The attorneys general assert that the PRO Act undermines the Right-to-Work laws passed by 27 states, including Kentucky.
The coalition also notes in the letter that they are responsible for upholding the laws in their states, including laws that guard the freedom of employees to keep their jobs regardless of whether they pay union dues.
One section of the PRO Act condones union contracts that would force employees to pay union fees “as a condition of employment.”
The Supreme Court quickly ruled against the union and in favor of Right-to-Work laws.
Kentucky’s Right-to-Work law, passed in 2017 by the General Assembly, was upheld by the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2018, after facing a challenge from the Kentucky AFL-CIO and other unions.