Butler County is joining the growing list of Kentucky counties passing or considering right-to-work laws.
On a vote of 4-1, the fiscal court voted gave preliminary approval to a local ordinance this week. Butler County Judge-Executive David Fields said the measure wasn’t a vote against unions.
"I don't think anyone on our fiscal court voted for it to be against a union," Fields told WKU Public Radio. "They were advised that this was something we needed to do to help get industry in here. I think that was the total thing they looked at on the vote."
The vote came despite a lawsuit against Hardin County for passing a similar right- to-work law, which makes it illegal for employers to require their workers to join a labor union. A final vote on the Butler County ordinance is scheduled for February 23.
Butler joins Logan, Adair, Whitley, and Rockcastle counties in passing ordinances on first reading. Six counties have so far taken final votes on right-to-work laws. They include Warren, Simpson, Todd, Fulton, Hardin and Cumberland counties.