Friday, May 26, 2017

Unions sue over Kentucky right-to-scab law

It's happening. In Kentucky.

The Bluegrass State's recently passed but reviled "right-to-work" law is already the target of a lawsuit by labor unions because it violates the Kentucky Constitution. The suit by the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters names Matt Bevin and one of the nobodies in the Forehead's scandal-tarred administration.

The Far Right credits the right-to-scab law with the opening of a new aluminum factory, but why do they think this justifies denying workers' rights? We call them rights because they can't be arbitrarily forfeited - regardless of perceived benefits of giving up these rights. No right is absolute, but the right of workers to enter into a union security agreement is very basic. The more important point is that the "right-to-work" law has already cost more Kentucky jobs than the number of new jobs at this plant, and it's not even close: The new unemployment numbers are jaw-droppingly bad.


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