Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer says passing a statewide right-to-work law would be his first priority if elected as Kentucky's next governor.
Comer, Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner and a Monroe County native, predicts the issue will be hotly debated during the general election, given that Democratic front-runner Jack Conway opposes such a law.
Right-to-work laws prohibit private-sector workers from being forced to join labor unions. Critics maintain they’re being used as a tool to crush labor organizations and drive down workers’ wages.
Comer says becoming right-to-work would help Kentucky compete for jobs against its neighbors.
“If you want to be considered a business-friendly state, one of the first things you have to do in your state is become right-to-work," Comer says.
Several Kentucky counties have passed, or are in the process of passing, local right-to-work ordinances. Marshall County this week became the first county in the state to pass a resolution denouncing right-to-work measures.