Foundation staff attorney William Messenger, who successfully argued Janus Supreme Court case, will argue for Kentucky workers
Frankfort, KY (August 10, 2018) – This morning, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation staff attorney William Messenger will argue before the Kentucky Supreme Court, representing Kentucky workers as interested parties in Zuckerman v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, which Big Labor officials brought as a challenge to the Commonwealth’s Right to Work legislation.
William Messenger was the counsel of record for Mark Janus, whose case at the United States Supreme Court, Janus v. AFSCME, made headlines for ending forced dues for public-sector workers nationwide. Messenger argued before the Supreme Court for Mr. Janus.
Messenger’s upcoming oral argument is on behalf of three Kentucky workers, who filed for and were granted intervention in the case. Although the workers were not originally named as parties to the case, the trial court deemed that because they will be significantly affected by the case’s outcome, they should be allowed to participate in the defense of Kentucky’s Right to Work legislation.
The union officials’ case was dismissed by the Franklin County Circuit Court, which ruled that their claims lacked merit because Right to Work is constitutional. Union lawyers then appealed the case to the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court.
“Union bosses’ arguments against Kentucky’s Right to Work law were rejected in the past by every appellate court to hear them. They should be rejected again by the Kentucky Supreme Court,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation. “The Bluegrass State has seen record economic growth since the enactment of Right to Work. It is shameful that Big Labor wants to undo that just to keep siphoning dues from workers against their will.”
The arguments will be heard on the morning of August 10, 2018 at the Kentucky Supreme Court in Frankfort.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, assists thousands of employees in more than 250 cases nationwide per year.