FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Gov. Matt Bevin took a harsh tone Friday with the unions that have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to block Kentucky's right-to-work law.
Kentucky State AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 filed the lawsuit against Bevin and state Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey Thursday, claiming the law violates the Kentucky Constitution by banning labor unions from collecting mandatory dues from employees they represent in collective bargaining.
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The law was enacted in January.
"Anybody who would want to interrupt this momentum for political gain, shame on them," Bevin said. "And I say shame on the AFL-CIO for bringing this suit under the false canard that they're going to try to help working class people? They will hurt working class people. The policies that have been put in place by our legislature that are being reinforced by this cabinet, by this administration - we're the ones doing the work for working force people. The unions that want to sue to stop this? How about those jobs they've been creating in this state. Where are they? They have fewer and fewer of them every single year. There are fewer and fewer people who are members of these organizations that are working here. And yet the irony is, you take a look at a state like Indiana, where in 2012, they did the same thing (enact a right-to-work law). There's 50,000 more union workers in Indiana today than there were five years ago. So actually, for union workers and non-union workers alike, if you want people to actually work on behalf of working class people, get out of the way and stop being political. And stop doing this to bolster your ability to get re-elected to a job where you're paid well and people who pay their dues to pay you well do not."
Kentucky's right-to-work law was among several Republican priorities passed during the first week of this year's legislative session.