KY House committee defeats right to work legislation

KY House committee defeats right to work legislation

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Cheers echoed through the halls of Kentucky's Capitol Annex on Thursday when lawmakers defeated right to work legislation.

Hundreds of union members showed up, packing three different rooms to protest the legislation, which they say is an effort to bust unions.

The bill, which died in a House committee, would allow people to work at union shops without paying union dues. Republicans say it's good for business growth, but expect Democrats to keep blocking their tries.

Sen. Robert Stivers said, "I expect them to be very entrenched…They perceive it as being anti-union. It's not drafted that way. It is a choice."

About half of states are so-called right to work states, including Indiana and Tennessee. Several Kentucky counties have approved local right to work ordinances as state legislators have failed multiple times to pass their version.

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