Fletcher says he'd stop unions

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher said if elected he intends to rescind an executive order allowing for unionization in state government.

On Wednesday, Fletcher addressed the Coalition of State Employees and Kentucky Transportation Employees Association at the Best Western Hotel in Frankfort. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues relevant to government employees, drawing from topics in a recent survey of coalition members such as health care, job stability, and retirement.

But it was Fletcher's remarks on unionization that drew the biggest response from the group, earning applause.

"I don't think unionization is a positive thing," said Fletcher. "I think the state merit system has worked."

Democratic candidate Ben Chandler, who has said he supports unionization, will address the groups - both anti-unionization - in September.

David Jackson, president of the Transportation group , said he was "very pleased" with Fletcher's remarks.

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