The Louisville Metro Council's Democratic majority is trying to increase the county's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. In more conservative areas, Republicans have pushed back by trying to pass local laws that would weaken unions.
The issues are playing heavily in the fall elections that could determine who controls the U.S. Senate and the state House of Representatives. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has campaigned to raise the minimum wage while Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said he opposes the increase because he said it would cost jobs.
Republicans have promised to pass right-to-work laws should they win control of the state House of Representatives.