WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to Kentucky legislature’s passage of legislation that rolls back the collective bargaining rights of Kentuckians.
“The new Republican controlled legislature in Kentucky has wasted no time this week in making it clear what its priorities are: enriching millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the working people of Kentucky.
Advancing an anti-worker bill at a time of economic populism is bound to be unpopular, so the leadership had to change the rules of the game and rush this ill-advised legislation through to limit Kentuckians ability to weigh in on a bill that would be devastating for working people and the state’s economy.
The elimination of collective bargaining rights would diminish the ability of Kentucky’s working people to provide for their families and gain access to fair wages, affordable healthcare, quality education, a secure retirement, and other basics rights that have helped build a strong middle class.
Kentucky can’t fuel economic growth on the backs of working people. And the Kentucky legislature certainly can’t continue to operate in such a way as to limit the ability for citizens to know what their representatives are doing on their behalf.”
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.