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The union-busters would have us believe that a “right to work” tide is sweeping the country.

A trickle is more like it. But you wouldn't know that from the media.

Wisconsin recently was all over the news for becoming the 25th right to work state. But in a USA Today opinion piece, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka pointed out what the media hasn't made as much of: state legislatures in New Hampshire, West Virginia, New Mexico, Maine and Montana turning thumbs down on RTW.

RTW failed in the current session of the Kentucky General Assembly, to boot.

The "Right to Work" union-busters are one for seven in states this year. In baseball, my favorite sport, that’s a .143 bench-warmer batting average.

Anyway, the union-busters are one for seven in states this year. In baseball, my favorite sport, that’s a .143 bench-warmer batting average.

In the Bluegrass State, the union-busters have made the news big-time for pushing county RTW ordinances. They bragged that 30 counties would approve local RTW measures by the end of January, Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan recalls.

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We’re past the ides of March and only 11 counties have endorsed RTW.

While Boone County, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, just passed an ordinance, adjoining Kenton County tabled a similar proposal. So did Oldham County, near Louisville.

The Kenton and Oldham fiscal courts want to wait and see how a union lawsuit to overturn the Hardin County ordinance comes out. The suit could be expanded to cover other RTW ordinances.

Anyway, Kentucky has 120 counties. Back to the National Pastime: 11 for 120 is a .092 couldn’t-hit-water-if-you-fell-out-of-a-boat batting average.

This old newspaper scribe suggests that the media needs a hefty helping of perspective in reporting on right to work. One Kentucky county -- Marshall -- even unanimously passed an anti-right to work resolution.

Berry Craig

The local media barely mentioned Marshall's move and, as far as I can tell, the statewide media ignored it.

Berry Craig