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The Unionization Process: Kentucky

The Unionization Process requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Claire Vujanovic, Fisher Phillips


  • The right of most private sector employees to engage in protected and concerted, or union activity, is governed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). However, Kentucky legislation provides protection to those private sector employees whom the NLRA does not explicitly cover or those whom the National Labor Relations Board chooses not to protect. See Union Organization.
  • Kentucky is a "right to work" state. See Right to Work.