- Associated Press - Friday, December 9, 2016

MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Hart County could soon join several other Kentucky counties in passing a local law banning mandatory union membership.

According to District 1 Magistrate Gary Gardner, the court unanimously approved the first reading of the so-called right-to-work ordinance Dec. 1, the Bowling Green Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/2gktObD ). The fiscal court will vote on a second reading Dec. 15, and if passed again, the legislation will become law.

Gardner said he thinks the magistrates and Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin, who also voted, agree on the issue because they believe the county needs a right-to-work law.

“I think we have the heartbeat of the county and the state,” Gardner said.

Kentucky is the only southern state that doesn’t have a right-to-work law, which prohibits companies from requiring employees to join a labor union.

In 2014, Warren County became the only local government in the country to pass such a law. Eleven other counties, including Simpson, Butler and Logan, soon followed.

Kentucky’s Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has blocked a right-to-work law at the state level. But Republicans will have a majority when the legislature convenes in January.

“I think that is on the horizon,” Gardner said, referring to statewide right-to-work legislation.


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

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