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Governor Beshear on 'Right to Work'

Governor Beshear says it’s apparent that “right to work” states don’t have the drop on Kentucky when it comes to attracting foreign investment. Tennessee, which is a “right to work” state, competed with Kentucky to lure Kowa Incorporated to the U.S.

The Japanese firm that makes a surface treatment for automotive suppliers announced this week it would locate its first plant in Corbin, Kentucky.

There are 24 so-called “right to work” states in the U.S., mostly in the South, but Kentucky is not among them. Beshear says that hasn’t hurt the state’s economic development efforts…

“Right to work” laws prohibit contracts between companies and unions that compel worker membership or payment of dues to a union as a condition of employment.