- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - The Warren County Fiscal Court has given preliminary approval to an ordinance making the municipality a right-to-work area.

The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1BwIzsg) the measure passed on Thursday states that no employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act “need join or pay dues to a union or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment.”

A final reading is scheduled for Dec. 19, although it is unclear whether counties actually have the power to enact such measures. Spokeswoman Alison Martin said Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway will issue an opinion on the matter although she did not know when.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul released a statement in support of the measure.

“Local leaders will be able to attract and keep good quality jobs in the community while preserving the freedom to contract for employees and employers,” the Kentucky Republican said in the statement.

Eldon Renaud, president of Bowling Green’s United Auto Workers Local 2164, said the ordinance was bad for workers and would drive down wages.

“It’s just a way for right-wing people to try to exert their influence in another way by trying to lessen the impact of people who have the right to join a union,” he said.

State Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green, has filed right-to-work legislation on the state level in past years. He said he thinks Warren County government made the right move and he expects other counties to follow.

Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson said Simpson County Fiscal Court will consider a similar ordinance at a meeting on Tuesday.


Information from: Daily News, https://www.bgdailynews.com

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