Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down medical review panels, upholds ‘right-to-work’ law

This post has been updated with union comment. The Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday issued opinions striking down the law creating medical review panels for medical malpractice lawsuits in the state and upholding the so-called “right-to-work” law that prohibits requiring employees to pay union dues. The court, however, did not release its much-anticipated ruling on whether […]

Court rules that Kentucky’s ‘right-to-work’ law is constitutional

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Wednesday that Kentucky’s  “right-to-work” law passed last year is constitutional, in a defeat to the local labor unions that filed a lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin challenging the law. The Kentucky State AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 filed the lawsuit last May, seeking injunctive relief from enforcement of the […]

Soccer club, workers rights group remain at odds over wages

With a pivotal Louisville Metro Council vote related to the proposed $50 million soccer stadium only hours away, Louisville City FC leaders and a workers rights group remain at odds over the minimum wage that workers in the soccer district should be paid. A club official told Insider that LouCity FC already had taken the […]

Unions ask judge to block Kentucky’s new ‘right-to-work’ law

By Daniel Desrochers | Lexington Herald-Leader FRANKFORT — The AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that prohibits unions from requiring employees to pay dues in an unionized workplace. The lawsuit argues that the law is discriminatory and unconstitutional because it treats unions […]

Chambers of commerce support bill altering Kentucky wage and hour laws; labor attorneys call it an attack on workers’ rights

The Kentucky and Louisville chambers of commerce are supporting a bill intended to conform state laws governing the wage and hour protections of workers with that of federal law — though two prominent local labor attorneys have called the legislation an attack on the rights of many low-income workers. Senate Bill 237 was filed by […]

Swedish ambassador, Volvo dispute Gov. Bevin’s claim that company would have opened plant in Kentucky if it had ‘right-to-work’ law

During Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth address last week, he praised the Kentucky General Assembly’s recent passage of a so-called “right to work” bill, claiming the ambassador of Sweden recently confided to him that Volvo would have chosen to locate a new plant in Kentucky if the state had such a law at the […]