The Chatter: Williams says he's for Right to Work; Pawlenty in Louisville; Chao to help Crosbie

06/07/2011 07:57 AM

Republican candidate for governor David Williams said this week on a Satellite Radio political program that he supports Kentucky following other southern states to approve “right-to-work” laws.

Such right-to-work laws allow employees to choose whether or not to join a union, effectively ending workplaces known as “open shops,” in which all employees are covered by a labor organization whether they pay dues or not.

“This is an issue that has never been even championed by the chamber of commerce,” Williams said to host Tim Farley on Satellite Radio’s POTUS network. “It’s going to take a lot. I’d personally favor that.”

He said he wasn’t sure how forcefully he’d push for the change in law.

“It takes some heavy lifting to take on the big unions across the country. And I’m going to have to incorporate some help for public education purposes on a myriad of issues, and that’s one of them,” Williams said.

You can listen to the interview here.

Former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher startled many state lawmakers when he announced he would push for right-to-work legislation in his 2006 State of the Commonwealth Address. But he failed to lay any groundwork with legislators and the proposal went nowhere.

Tim Pawlenty to speak at closed sportsman event in Louisville

Former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will speak at a sportsman group event in Louisville on Thursday.

Pawlenty will be a keynote speaker at the National Shooting Sports Foundation summit on Thursday.

But the event is closed to the press and Pawlenty’s campaign has turned down interview requests, said Bill Brassard, director of communications for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Chao to headline Women for Crosbie fundraiser

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao will headline a fundraiser in Louisville on June 24 for the only woman on the Republican slate in this fall’s election.

State treasurer, K.C. Crosbie, a Lexington councilwoman, is running against incumbent Democratic Treasurer Todd Hollenbach in the fall election.

- Ryan Alessi

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