Kentucky is the only state in the federally designated “Southeast” without a right-to-work law.
However, if California Congressman Brad Sherman gets his way, not only will Kentucky never become a right-to-work state, but the 22 states currently with such a policy will lose that freedom.
Sherman has introduced legislation that would eliminate Section 14[b] of the National Labor Relations Act, which states:
(b) [Agreements requiring union membership in violation of State law] Nothing in this Act [subchapter] shall be construed as authorizing the execution or application of agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment in any State or Territory in which such execution or application is prohibited by State or Territorial law.
The move is being applauded by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka. What a shocker.
Apparently, strategy is to try and sneak this through during the upcoming lame-duck session in Congress.
This may just be a case of Sherman opportunistically currying favor with his labor-union buddies. But with the current circus in Washngton, you never know.
One thing’s for sure: Kentucky lawmakers should go on the offensive and pass a right-to-work law and reap the economic benefits enjoyed by our fellow southern states.