Teamsters Local 89 and Allies File Lawsuit Against Hardin County for its Passage of Illegal Right-To-Work Law
Updated On: Aug 25, 2016
Teamsters Local 89 has joined with eight other unions in filing a federal lawsuit against Hardin County for its recent passage of an illegal “right to work” ordinance. The lawsuit, which was filed earlier today, came after yesterday’s approval of the anti-worker law by the Hardin County Fiscal Court.
Fueled by anti-worker interest groups from outside Kentucky, similar ordinances have also been passed in Fulton, Simpson, Todd and Warren Counties. As it stands, the lawsuit only applies to Hardin County. However, there is a possibility legal action could expand to include all counties that have passed right-to-work ordinances.
“Essentially some Kentucky counties are breaking state and federal law in an effort to put right-to-work laws in place,” said Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman. “It is the first time in history counties have tried this. If these Kentucky counties are successful, it would be a huge blow to Organized Labor across the country.”
Despite the assertion of out-of-state proponents of right-to-work, Kentucky’s Supreme Court has ruled that such ordinances are illegal. Further, Attorney General Jack Conway has issued a legal opinion stating counties have no authority to pass such ordinances.
“This is the first and only lawsuit challenging the counties,” President Zuckerman said. “The case will be watched by lawyers, legislators and the general public all across the nation.”
“This is a very big deal for Organized Labor,” he added.
Outside groups promoting right-to-work, have full knowledge these ordinances are illegal. They have used small county governments to promote their billionaire-backed interests. This political game perpetrated by these special interests groups will ultimately result in costly litigation for Kentucky counties that have passed right-to-work ordinances. Ultimately the cost will be passed to taxpayers.
Local 89 will use its legal department and resources to defend the working families of Kentucky against this attack on their livelihoods. Under the leadership of President Zuckerman, the Executive Board, General Counsel Robert Colone, and our allies in labor, workers will prevail in denying these outside interest groups a foothold in the Commonwealth.