BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Hardin County has appealed a federal judge’s order that overturned a local law banning mandatory union membership.

The Daily News of Bowling Green ( ) reports that the appeal was filed after a federal judge invalidated the so-called “right-to-work” law last month, saying that only state governments have the authority to opt out of a federal law regarding union membership.

The appeal will be heard in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati and was filed less than a week before the March 4 deadline.

Right-to-work laws prohibit companies from requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Republican lawmakers have been trying for years to pass such a ban statewide, while Democrats have said the ban would diminish the influence of labor unions and lead to lower wages.

Information from: Daily News,