Right to Work bill fails to clear Kentucky panel

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill which would have prohibited mandatory membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment has failed to move forward in the Kentucky General Assembly.

The bill known as the Kentucky Right to Work Act was sponsored by House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, a Republican from Jamestown.

Hoover says the act would create a hospitable business environment in the state for new manufacturing companies.

Opposition to the measure came from House Labor and Industry Committee chair, Rep. Rick Nelson, a Democrat from Middlesboro.

Nelson said the measure would have a negative impact on the average wage of middle class Kentuckians.

The measure failed to pass the committee after receiving a vote of 4-15.

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