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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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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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Ky. Unions Rally to Grimes in Drive to 'Ditch Mitch'

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Alison Lundergan Grimes started her stump speech to union members, local Democratic Party officials and others in Paducah, Ky., with a quote from Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Public sector unions are a 50-year mistake. Unions are to blame for distrust of our government. Unions are power hungry and no longer serve the public interest.”

Then the 34-year-old Democrat who wants McConnell’s job lowered the boom:

He didn’t realize what he was describing was how Kentuckians feel about his service in Washington.

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Kentucky Labor Movement Embraces Social Media

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This old reporter remembers when “social media” meant a bunch of newshounds bending elbows in a bar after work.

Bo Johnson defines it differently. Social media, specifically text messaging, "is the single best way for us to get the word out to our members," says the vice president of the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council.

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Ky. Students Protest McConnell as Commencement Choice

Ky. Students Protest McConnell as Commencement Choice

The son of a United Steelworkers (USW) member is leading a Murray (Ky.) State University student protest against their school's choice of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as this year's graduation speaker May 11. The lad is Devin Griggs, who won the outstanding labor youth award from the Kentucky State AFL-CIO at the state convention in 2011.

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Chicken Tastes Better Than Feathers

Jeff Wiggins. Photo by Berry Craig

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan remind Jeff Wiggins of the old story about the fox guarding the hen house.

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