Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

Nov
2016
18

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Increasingly Likely in KY Following Election

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  The grass may still be blue, but Kentucky is looking redder than ever. For the first time in 95 years, Republicans will outnumber Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives. That gives them control of the entire state legislature. In a guest post for Insider Louisville, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave [&hellip...
Jun
2016
27

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages

KY Labor Cabinet Decision Upheld by Court; Local Power Co. Flouted Prevailing Wages
  A little court case in Henderson County, Kentucky represents a big win for prevailing wage protections in the increasingly complex labor landscape of the bluegrass state. A state appeals court has upheld the findings of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet that Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMPL), a local utility company, split up an annual...
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Jun
2016
22

Who’s Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.

Who's Benefited Most From Indiana Repealing the Common Construction Wage? Kentucky.
  According to a new study, out-of-state contractors benefited directly from Indiana’s weakened prevailing wage law.  The finding comes from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute and support the long-held position of building trades unions that prevailing wage laws protect local governments from shoddy work performed by fly-by-night...
Apr
2016
22

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day
  A “Construction Partnership Program” has been launched in Louisville, Kentucky to ensure high safety standards during construction of the new Omni Hotel.  The agreement is a partnership between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO, and the project’s prime contractor,...
Mar
2016
10

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead

Dems Take 3 of 4 Special Election Seats in KY; Awful Labor, Education Bills Likely Dead
  It’s election week in Kentucky, and labor has something to celebrate. Democrats picked up three of the four seats that were up for grabs in a series of special elections, solidifying the statehouse balance of power for 2016.  What will this mean for workers? Importantly, the sweeping changes promised by new conservative Governor Matt...
Feb
2016
9

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off “Right-to-Work”

KY Prevailing Wage Cut Dies in Committee; GOP Leader Says House Backing Off
  The Kentucky Senate’s recently passed prevailing wage rollback has died in the house, failing to pass a panel.  The bill would have exempted schools from paying the prevailing wage on educational facility construction projects over $250,000.  Prevailing wage supporters, including Bill Finn, Director of the Kentucky State Building...
Feb
2016
5

KY Judge Overturns One Local “Right-to-Work” Law; Labor Prays Precedent Will Prevail Elsewhere

KY Judge Overturns One Local
  A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that Hardin County’s attempt to create a local “Right-to-Work” law is illegal, despite the fact that the state government gave local legislators increased powers in 2014.  The lawsuit was brought forward by nine AFL-CIO unions.  According to U.S. District Court Judge David Hale, only state...
Jan
2016
15

KY Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Repeal, but Statistics Don’t Support Construction Pay Cuts

KY Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Repeal, but Statistics Don't Support Construction Pay Cuts
  In Kentucky, Senate Republicans are moving forward with SB 9, which would exempt all school and university construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage law.  The bill passed through the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue this week by a 10-1 margin. It could see a full Senate vote by Friday.  Changes to...
Jan
2016
7

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races
  In Kentucky, the inevitable fight for ideological control has begun with newly elected Republican Governor Matt Bevin at the helm.  On Tuesday, the state legislature began its session with a bevy of political infighting as Democrats and Republicans battled for committee membership and leadership positions.  Currently, Republicans hold a...
Nov
2015
5

Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Expected in KY Following Surprise Gov Election Result

Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  In what may have been the biggest surprise of election night 2015, Matt Bevin became the second Republican in 44 years to be elected governor of Kentucky.  The wealthy Louisville businessman, whose only political experience was unsuccessfully running against Mitch McConnell in the Republican Senate primary last year, used a...
Aug
2015
6

Opening Arguments Begin in KY’s Precedent-Setting, County-Level “Right-to-Work” Fight

Opening Arguments Begin in KY's Precedent-Setting, County-Level
  In Kentucky, a federal judge will decide the fate of county-level “Right-to-Work” laws, a move necessary following the decision by 12 counties to pass local versions of what has traditionally been a state-level law.  On Tuesday in Louisville, Judge David Hale heard opening arguments from labor lawyers and one county’s attorney....
Mar
2015
3

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local “Right-to-Work” Laws

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local
  The northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton are moving forward with countywide “Right-to-Work” laws knowing full well legal challenges are ahead.  For years, “Right-to-Work” has had solid support from Kentucky Republicans who control the Senate, but has been shot down by the Democrat-controlled House.  All three...