Logan County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of a right-to-work ordinance today.

The ordinance passed unanimously on the first reading, Logan County Judge-Executive Logan Chick said in a phone interview.

A final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Chick said Fiscal Court members did express concerns about legal challenges to right-to-work ordinances.

Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed that claimed Hardin County's right-to-work ordinance was invalid and pre-empted by federal law. That lawsuit was filed by six local union chapters as well as the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, the International Chemical Workers Union Council of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America. 

In December, Warren County became the first county in the state to approve an ordinance to forbid requiring any employee covered under the National Labor Relations Act to join a union, or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment.

Chick said he works on economic development for his county on a daily basis, and the county is competing against locations in right-to-work states for businesses.

"In our minds it could become an obstacle," he said of not having right-to-work laws.

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