“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.
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.
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.
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.
Alison Lundergan Grimes says Bluegrass State union members are her “secret weapon.” Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is seeking to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This weekend, she told several hundred union members:
Charles Showalter paraphrases Mark Twain when he hears somebody preach the funeral of unions and union radio. “The reports of our death are greatly exaggerated,” says Showalter, host of "The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio," based in Pittsburgh.
How many times have you heard some labor hater claim that unions only care about their own members? The claims are baloney, of course. Unions advocate for more than just men and women who pack union cards.