Kentucky Teamsters Take On Right-To-Work

Anti-labor Governor Matt Bevin teamed up with the billionaire Koch Brothers to lock union members out of a public hearing on a proposed Right-to-Work (for Less) law in Kentucky.


Hundreds of union members converged on their State Capitol to speak out at a public hearing on a Right-to-Work bill yesterday, only to find that their First Amendment rights as citizens had been sold to the highest bidder.

By law, the hearing was open to the public, but Teamsters from Louisville Local 89 and other union members were barred by state troopers from entering.

Before the hearing even started, every seat was already filled by employers and their anti-worker allies, thanks to a stunt pulled by the Governor and the billionaire Koch Brothers.

Americans for Prosperity, an anti-labor group founded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, booked the Capitol Annex for a breakfast before the hearing.

After the suits finished their breakfast, they refused to leave their seats—blocking anyone else from the public from attending the hearing.

Union members protested in the hallway outside and confronted the Governor as he came in and out of the hearing, including Teamsters Local 89’s Stephen Piercey, who managed to get in a few questions to the Governor.

Piercey’s exchange with the anti-labor Gov is priceless and says everything you need to know about the phony premise behind Right to Work.

Stephen Piercey: “You always talk about how this is supposed to be about choice. A member should be able to choose whether they’re in a union or not. If they don’t feel their union’s doing a good job, they shouldn’t have to pay dues, right?”

Governor Bevin: “Yes, that’s essentially the premise behind right-to-work.”

Stephen Piercey: “Well I don’t believe you’re doing a good job, passing this. Can I stop paying taxes?”


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  • edward martin
    commented 2017-01-07 06:55:04 -0500
    all you need to know is the koch brothers are involved
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-01-05 21:37:00 -0500
    Fight it..RTW quickly devloves to RIGHT to. SERVITUDE >
    RIGHT to RACKETEERING .I live in a RTW state it kneecaps collective bargaining!
  • kenneth gillock
    commented 2017-01-05 18:54:46 -0500
    Were going to have to stick together. We need to go back in time and show corporate america how this will effect there bottom line. Hoffa Matt Trump is going to put us back many years and it not going to be pretty when it comes to a head. My dad and my family stood up against this very thing some years ago mark it down just watch what happens.STAND UPAND BE HEARD.
  • kenneth gillock
    commented 2017-01-05 18:39:27 -0500
    He’s been just what the big man wants. The phony bastard don’t care about the middle-class just his rich bastard money whores
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