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Ky. AFL-CIO Launches Young Workers Effort

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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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‘Hit the Road, Mitch’: Union Members Rally with Grimes in Senate Race in Kentucky

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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:

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This Is Radio Labor. This Sound Does Not Subscribe to the Corporate Plan*

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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.

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Unions Work for All, Kentucky March Shows That

Unions Work for All, Kentucky March Shows That

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.

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McConnell’s Nuke Claims Glow in the Dark

McConnell’s Nuke Claims Glow in the Dark

Jeff Wiggins says he is on to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R) “con game” about the soon-to-be-closed nuclear enrichment facility near Paducah, Ky.

He still wants us to think he alone is responsible for the life-saving cancer screenings and the compensation program for workers at the plant and at other nuclear facilities across the country.

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Political Action Starts at Home

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The Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council is practicing what former House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously preached about politics.

“Tip O’Neill was right when he said, ‘All politics is local,’” says Jeff Wiggins, council president.

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Rand Paul’s 'Right to Work' Fantasy Busted by the Facts

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It looks like Sen. Rand Paul, a serial plagiarizer, is at it again or maybe now he’s just making stuff up.

“Did you know that 'right to work' states have created jobs at a rate three times greater than Kentucky over the past decade?” the Kentucky Republican recently wrote in a letter touting a "right to work" for less law for the Bluegrass State.

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What Would Happen if Wisconsin’s Walker Had Run Under His Anti-Union Election Rules?

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It looks like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is still proud of himself for declaring holy war against Dairy State public employee unions, might be thinking about tossing his hat in the ring for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Because he seems to be at least mulling a “move up to the Oval Office, his undemocratic policies become an even greater threat to all American workers,” warns Joanne Ricca, who recently retired as Wisconsin State AFL-CIO legislative and research director.

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These Guns Pull to the Right

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just got a “Defender of Freedom” award from the National Rifle Association.

No doubt the Senate minority leader figures the “attaboy” from the gun group, plus an all but certain NRA endorsement, might help him con some gun-owning union members into voting for him next November. Naturally, he hopes union men and women who enjoy hunting and shooting sports won’t find out how tight NRA bigwigs are with the union-haters who run the National Right to Work Committee, a group that has been waging unholy war against us for years.

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Roberts: Faith and Patriotism Are Union Values

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This Veterans Day, I’ll be thinking about a conversation I had with Cecil Roberts, president of the Mine Workers (UMWA), when he was in Paducah, Ky., for Labor Day. Roberts, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, says it’s time for unions to take back two big issues the labor haters have hijacked from our movement: “The Bible and patriotism.”

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