Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

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…
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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…
Feb
2015
13

WV Compromises on Prevailing Wage Repeal While KY Shoots It (and Right-to-Work!) Down

  The prevailing wage is under attack in more than a handful of states nationwide, two of which brought their discussions to a near-term close yesterday. In Kentucky, prevailing wage repeal was shot down, as was “Right-to-Work” legislation: The panel overwhelmingly voted down Senate Bill 1, the so-called right-to-work bill…
Feb
2015
10

KY Prevailing Wage Exemption Moves Through Committee Thanks to Bogus Cost-Saving Figures

KY Prevailing Wage Exemption Moves Through Committee Thanks to Bogus Cost-Saving Figures
  Republicans in the Kentucky Senate returned from a three-week break by moving a bevy of contentious legislation including SB9, which would exempt the state’s school districts from prevailing wage laws. The party claims the anti-wage legislation will provide taxpayer relief and allow school districts to save money on construction projects….
Jan
2015
15

National Right to Work Committee Opposes Local RTW Ordinances (For All the Wrong Reasons)

National Right to Work Committee Opposes Local RTW Ordinances (For All the Wrong Reasons)
  With counties across Kentucky rapidly passing unprecedented “Right-to-Work” ordinances, activists and lobbies on both sides of the issue are scrambling to establish their position on what they once thought would only be a state-level type legislation. This is not limited to “Right-to-Work” opponents. The National Right to…
Jan
2015
8

Muni-Lateral: Counties in KY Passing “Right-to-Work” Ordinances Despite State’s Opposition

Muni-Lateral: Counties in KY Passing
  In Western Kentucky an ordinance at year’s end made Warren County the first county in the nation to pass a “Right-to-Work” law.  The decision was approved by Warren County Fiscal Court after magistrates passed the legislation on a 5-1 vote.  Warren County is home to the city of Bowling Green, where Chevy builds its [&hellip…;