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Metro Council Democrats Say No to Right to Work for Less

Thursday February 9, 2006

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Democrats Sends Letter to Governor Fletcher

LOUISVILLE, KY- The Metro Council Democratic Caucus, today sent a letter to Governor Fletcher expressing their disappointment in him calling for Kentucky to join the ranks of Right to Work states.

“Faced with a sluggish economy, the good doctor’s prescription is to join in the race to the bottom by promoting so called Right to Work legislation, and attacking the prevailing wage system. To ensure that Kentucky continues to attract the best and the brightest employees, we must not fill this prescription”, Metro Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12 said. “Saying no to Right to Work for less is the only way to prevent the gap from widening, and recognizes the essential contributions of the families of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

Below is the text of the letter of Governor Fletcher and the list of signatories:

February 9, 2006

The Honorable Ernie Fletcher

700 Capitol Avenue

Suite 100

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Dear Mr. Governor:

We are disappointed in your support of a Right to Work bill. Your fiscal year 2006 budget suggests that revenue generated from a Right to Work bill would benefit Kentucky. We strongly disagree. We believe such laws would pose a threat to the rights of labor force to collectively bargain for higher wages, safer working conditions and appropriate health insurance benefits. According to the United States Department of Labor:

In 2003 the rate of workplace fatalities per 100,000 workers was highest in right to work states.
19 of the top 25 states for worker fatality rates were Right to Work states, while 3 of the bottom 25 states were right to work states.
A study in 2001 showed that workers in Right to Work states earned an average of 6.5% less than their counterparts in states without the law.
The above statistics make it clear that Right to Work legislation will ultimately be detrimental to all working families of Kentucky and we urge you to reconsider this legislation.

We greatly appreciate your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

Leonard Watkins, D-1    
Barbara Shanklin, D-2
Mary Woolridge, D-3
David Tandy, D-4
Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5
George Unseld, D-6   
Tom Owen, D-8
Jim King, D-10
Rick Blackwell, D-12              
Ron Weston, D-13
Robert Henderson, D-14         
George Melton, D-15
Dan Johnson, D-21
Madonna Flood, D-24