right to work http://wkyufm.org en Right to Work Bill Fails to Clear Kentucky Panel http://wkyufm.org/post/right-work-bill-fails-clear-kentucky-panel <p></p><p>Right-to-work legislation has died in the Kentucky House of Representatives.</p><p>The Republican-backed bill was met with stiff opposition from labor unions and House Democrats.</p><p>Committee Room 149 was standing room only, with union members crossed-armed along the edges of the packed hearing on a bill that would prohibit workers from paying union dues as a condition of employment.</p><p>They say the measure filed by House GOP Floor Leader Jeff Hoover would lower wages for all workers.</p><p>Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan says the decline in American jobs is related to free-trade agreements.</p><p>“It’s happening alright. Thirty-six-thousand-four-hundred jobs since 2001 due to our flawed trade agreements with China. Maybe we should be talking about that, and not right-to-work," Londrigan said to applause from many in the audience. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:51:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 45031 at http://wkyufm.org Right to Work Bill Fails to Clear Kentucky Panel Indiana High Court: Fines Against House Democrats Stand http://wkyufm.org/post/indiana-high-court-fines-against-house-democrats-stand <p>The Indiana Supreme Court has let stand the fines levied by state House Republicans on Democrats for their walkout over a controversial right-to-work bill.</p><p>Justices split 3-2 on an opinion issued Tuesday finding that the constitutional separation of powers bars the courts from interfering in internal legislative decisions. The state's highest court approved a request that the case be dismissed.</p><p>Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote for the majority that it is not the court's role to assess punishments within the legislative branch of government. Justices Loretta Rush and Robert Rucker dissented, writing that the House's "discretion to punish its members" doesn't include withholding pay.</p><p>Majority House Republicans ordered the state auditor to withhold the fines from Democrats who spent weeks at an Illinois hotel in protest of the right-to-work bill in 2011, and staged another walkout the following year. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:44:56 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 32749 at http://wkyufm.org Statewide Business Group Getting More Active in Conservative Political Efforts http://wkyufm.org/post/statewide-business-group-getting-more-active-conservative-political-efforts <p><font size="2">The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking a firmer stand on conservative issues. Republican legislators have criticized the chamber in the past for supporting Democratic-led proposals like expanded gambling and a higher dropout age while staying quiet on so-called right to work and prevailing wage laws.</font> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:09:08 +0000 15811 at http://wkyufm.org