Our brothers and sisters in Kentucky are facing egregious union-busting attacks from their state legislature this week. Republicans in Kentucky have decided to kick off their new legislative session with Right to Work and other union-busting legislation designed to lower wages and slash basic workplace safety and rights for all workers.
We know that an injury to one is an injury to all. These anti-worker bills, designed to lower wages for all working people and further erode the rights of union workers who put a check on corporate power and greed, are being rushed through in a so-called "emergency legislation" leaving absolutely no time for public debate and input. Dangerous and destructive bills like right to work, paycheck deception and the elimination of prevailing wage are an attack on our entire middle class.
Workers are sounding the alarm and speaking out against these bad bills by gathering at the state Capitol in Frankfort, but the Republican majority are refusing to hear them. Union members have even been locked out of committee hearings and unable to give testimony. This is a true erosion of democracy.
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has proudly sent a letter of solidarity to the Kentucky AFL-CIO. We have seen similar attacks in Wisconsin and know that they are bad for our middle class and the entire economy. We know the Wisconsin playbook of twisting the democratic process to attack workers’ rights at lightning speed will be picked up in legislatures around the country. We’ve seen it first hand in Wisconsin and we must rise in support of our union brothers and sisters anywhere workers’ rights are under attack.
P.S. Workers will be packing the Kentucky state capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. to stop Right to Work and other anti-worker bills. Click here for rally information.