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Need to Start a Domestic Crisis Center? Call a Union Plumber

When Merryman Kemp sought to purchase property on which to start a new domestic crisis center in Paducah, Ky., she called a union plumber.

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Who Else in Indiana Might Face Discrimination Under So-Called 'Religious Freedom' Bill

"The labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature, spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. aptly observed.

No doubt he would add “LGBTQ-hater” and “LBGTQ-baiter” if he were alive today.

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In Kentucky, 'Right to Work' Falls Far Below the Mendoza Line

The union-busters would have us believe that a “right to work” tide is sweeping the country.

A trickle is more like it. But you wouldn't know that from the media. 

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County 'Right to Work' Drive Seems to Be Fizzling in the Bluegrass State

Union-busters bragged that "right to work" ordinances would be on the books in 30 of Kentucky’s 120 counties by Jan. 31.

“They have fallen well short of their goal,” says Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.          

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Late Steelworker Remembered for Battle of Bulge Bravery

Photo by Berry Craig

Kentucky steelworker Hargus Haywood had no idea where he was going when his outfit got orders to move out from Mourmelon, France, on Dec. 18, 1944.

“They loaded us into open trailer trucks and drove us all night,” said Haywood, a medic in the storied 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Division. Enroute, rain turned to snow. 

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Kentucky Voters Turn Back Republicans’ Right to Work Push

Rep. Gerald Watkins, USW Local 550 photo.

You have to look pretty hard to find something for unions to celebrate after the election.

But take a gander at the Bluegrass State beyond its much-publicized and hotly contested U.S. Senate race, and you’ll see where anti-union Republicans failed, big time.

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Grimes: Building a Kentucky for Working Families

all photos via Alison Lundergan Grimes's Facebook page

“A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one,” legendary former U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn famously once observed.

Kentucky unions think they have a master carpenter in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who is after Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job. The barn McConnell wants to bash is organized labor, says the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, which endorsed Grimes last year because of her commitment to working families.

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Working on the Railroad and a Song

Working on the Railroad and a Song

Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan needed more volunteers to help make phone calls, canvass neighborhoods and hand out leaflets on behalf of union-endorsed candidates. So he dispatched out an “All hands on deck!” email to labor activists statewide. When Louisville labor troubadour and composer J.P. Wright got the cyber message, he grabbed a pencil and his guitar and wrote a song.

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Kentucky Union Members Set to ‘Stand Up and Fight Back’

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Bluegrass State Democrat who wants Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job, is expected to join Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo and former Gov. Julian Carroll in firing up a union crowd at Paducah’s Oct. 11 “Battleground Kentucky: Stand Up and Fight Back in the 2014 War on Labor” rally.

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Ky. AFL-CIO Launches Young Workers Effort

Berry Craig photo

Chris Ormes says this year will be a double milestone for the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.

First, we’re starting a statewide Young Workers Program. Second, we’re doing it in the year that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the youngest secretary of state in the country, is going to beat one of the oldest obstructionists in Washington [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell], as far as the labor movement is concerned.

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