January 10, 2017

WINNING THE WAR ON WAGES:

Kentucky's Attack on Unions Provides a Glimpse into the GOP's Impending War on Workers (Justin Miller, Jan. 7, 2017, American Prospect)

When Tea Party darling Matt Bevin, who ran as the "right-to-work" candidate, rode the national GOP wave and succeeded Democratic Governor Steve Beshear in 2014, the Kentucky House became the sole bulwark blocking the implementation of his anti-union agenda. Naturally, heading into the 2016 elections, the right wing turned all its firepower against the Democrats' six-seat house majority. It worked--and it wasn't even close. Republicans won an astounding 13 seats to gain a commanding 64-36 majority, making Kentucky one of 25 states with GOP trifecta-control.

It didn't take long for Republican legislators to introduce their stable of anti-union measures: a right-to-work bill that bans unions from requiring mandatory dues for all workers covered by their contracts; a repeal of the state's prevailing wage law, meaning that public construction projects would no longer be required to pay their workers based on a community survey (usually meaning a union pay-scale); and banning public-employee unions from striking and from using member dues for political contributions.

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