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Beshear Speaks Out Against Right-To-Work Law

Ryland Barton

Attorney General Andy Beshear is speaking out against Kentucky’s new right-to-work law. Right-to-work eliminates a union’s ability to collect fair share fees, but still holds those unions responsible for defending any employee and collectively bargaining for all employees. Fair share fees are less than union dues, but cover the cost of union representation. Beshear believes right-to-work is bad policy.

“I wanted to be Attorney General to better protect families, and all right-to-work does is pay our working families less,” Beshear said.

Supporters of right-to-work say it will help Kentucky compete against other states for new jobs. Beshear points out Kentucky won Site Selection magazine’s “Governor’s Cup” award for its number of capital investment projects in both 2014 and 2015. The Attorney General says that shows the state was capable of competing for jobs and industry without right-to-work.

Becca Schimmel is a Becca Schimmel is a multimedia journalist with the Ohio Valley ReSource a collaborative of public radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. She's based out of the WKU Public Radio newsroom in Bowling Green.
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