We are still full of excitement surrounding the historic action of Governor Bevin and the Kentucky legislature to pass Right to work and full repeal of Prevailing Wage. It is important; however, to remember the intentional actions taken by ABC to reach this remarkable point.
The first step was the election of Matt Bevin. Governor Bevin was suffering in the polls the summer prior to his election. Thanks to the tremendous support of our members, ABC held a significant fundraising event at the Aero Club in Louisville, during which time, Governor Bevin committed to leading the charge on Right to Work and Prevailing Wage Repeal. He never wavered from his commitment to our issues. Secondly, ABC participated in the effort to enact local Right to Work ordinances, county by county. Warren County was the first to enact such an ordinance, thanks to the political and financial support of our contractors in the Bowling Green area. ABC provided financial support to the legal defense of the county ordinances when unions sued to stop the effort. That effort gave momentum and support to the issue around the state, which paid off in legislative action. By financially supporting key legislative leaders and through the work of ABC’s lobbyist, Marc Wilson, ABC became highly visible in the political arena.
Thanks to the strong network of Marc Wilson and our earlier efforts, ABC is grateful to see the successful passage of Right to Work and full repeal of Prevailing Wage. Our work is never done, so our next task is to protect those who took a stand for the free market, as we know they will be targets of the union building trades in the next election. Please consider making a financial contribution to ABC’s Kentucky Political Action Committee and send it to your nearest ABC Council office. *must be a personal check or from an LLC