Northern Kentucky chamber members hear both sides of right-to-work argument

03/17/2015 04:19 PM

ERLANGER — The pros and cons of right-to-work took center stage at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast on Tuesday morning.

With more counties in Kentucky voting by local ordinance to end closed-shops and allow workers the right to not be part of the union the issue is primed to take off or be stopped short by the courts.

Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, says that right-to-work proponents fail to come up with any solid statistics to back the belief that right-to-work will bring more jobs to the state. Londrigan said not having right-to-work will result in losing jobs to other states as well as the inability to lure businesses to the commonwealth.

“We hear all of this stuff about jobs fleeing over Kentucky and we ask for the data, we ask for the facts and we don’t get it.” Londrigan said. “We get anecdotes.”

Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green, supports right-to-work and represents part of Warren County which passed a local right-to-work law in December 2014.

He says that right-to-work is not about trying to eliminate unions, but to build a strong economy with better paying jobs — something he said is working in Warren County.

“This is about bringing jobs to our communities,” DeCesare said. “I can tell you since Warren County has passed right-to-work, we’ve had significant inquiries about Bowling Green and Warren County.”

Officials in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties are studying the concept of a possible right-to-work ordinance in their counties.


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