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Hardin County Government Votes 'Yes' on Right-to-Work

On an 8-1 vote, the Hardin County Fiscal Court has adopted a local right-to-work law.  Magistrate Doug Goodman was the lone dissenter at Tuesday's meeting.  His vote, he says, was to keep taxpayers from having to defend the matter in court.

"We've had so many people say it's legal and then you've had just as many says it's illegal," Goodman told WKU Public Radio.

Hardin County joins Warren, Simpson, Todd, and Fulton counties in passing local right-to-work ordinances, making it illegal for companies to require employees to join a labor union. 

Supporters think the move will help counties compete for jobs, especially with neighboring right-to-work states like Tennessee and Indiana.   Unions argue such measures result in lower wages and less job security.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.