Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) on Saturday signed controversial legislation that will allow workers to refuse to pay union dues, a victory for Republicans who control the state government for the first time in nearly a century.

The so-called right-to-work law passed the Kentucky state Senate on Saturday. The House, which Republicans captured in November’s elections, passed the law last week.

Labor groups protested the measure at the capitol building in Frankfort. The new law, which takes effect immediately, also prohibits public employees from going on strike.

“This is not a piece of legislation that came easily. It did not come without a lot of contention. It did not come without a tremendous amount of passion,” Bevin said in a video posted on his Facebook page on Sunday.

“This will mean incredible new opportunities for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

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